April 5, 2021
According to Duplin County Animal Services, a stray dog named Sisu snuck into the store repeatedly when the automatic doors opened and made a beeline straight for the purple stuffed toy.
“He went straight for the unicorn, the same one every time,” Joe Newburn, the department head at the shelter, told Sunny Skyz. “He actually had to go through the whole store to get to that unicorn. It was in the Easter section he went to that same unicorn and kept pulling it out, and finally, he had done it so much the store called us,” Newburn explains of how Sisu came under the shelter’s care.
Samantha Lane, the officer who responded to the Dollar General store’s call, was so taken with Sisu’s devotion to the unicorn that she bought the $10 toy for the dog.
According to Newburn, the canine was happy to head off with Lane once he had his unicorn. “The only thing we can think is that he came from a home where he had a similar stuffed animal or kids in the home did,” Newburn said.
Indeed, since Lane bought Sisu—who was named by shelter workers after the dragon in Disney’s new film, Raya and the Last Dragon — his unicorn, the dog hasn’t let the toy out of his sight, People magazine reports..
When the unicorn gets dirty, Sisu won’t lie on it, so the shelter staff removes the toy for washing and quickly returns it. “Every time you put that unicorn with him when he’s laying on it, he looks happy; he’s at peace with that purple unicorn, and it’s felt good. It’s been very uplifting to my staff. It’s a tough job, but it’s a rewarding job, and I see smiles on my staff’s faces now,” Newburn adds.
Sisu is considered a stray at the shelter because no one has come forward to claim him. He is currently available for adoption and is described as a 1-year-old male who is very obedient with people.
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