"Neighbors said they had seen him around in north Omaha for about three years," Lori Hook, a staffer at Hearts United for Animals (HUA), told The Dodo. Although King needed a home, most rescues avoided the neighborhood due to high levels of crime and gang activity, Hook said.
But when HUA heard about King's plight, the organization decided to take its best shot at saving him from another day alone. The organization worked with people in King's neighborhood for three weeks last December to help him - but it wasn't easy.
"We set a trap to capture him, but he was too street-smart for the trap," Hook said.