While many shelter animals have a history of mischief, one Siberian Husky’s past goes far beyond the standard. Jack, a striking husky with ice blue eyes, is looking for his forever home, but there are limits to where he can go. For some shenanigans in his youth, Jack is legally banned from several states.
Currently, Jack’s home is with the Delaware Valley Siberian Husky Rescue (DVSHR). They help huskies find homes and serve a handful of states.
Jack is described by DVSHR as being “a very sweet affectionate boy.” While they note that he “can jump a 4 ft fence from a stand still” and has a tendency to pull “very hard” when on a leash, those traits are fairly common in the world of huskies.
However, even though DVSHR serves Maryland, Jack legally can’t be placed there. In fact, he can’t move to Maryland, period. If Jack was adopted by a person in another state who then had to relocate, they wouldn’t be able to bring him along.
The details of Jack’s ban are a bit lacking. DVSHR’s website states, “Unfortunately, due to some mischief that Jack got into when he was younger, he cannot legally be adopted or reside in the state of Maryland.”
According to a report by MNN, when asked for additional details, Barbara Swanda, a member of the organization’s board of directors, stated, “We actually don’t even know all of the details.”
“We just know he was involved in some sort of an incident with a goat.”
Whatever happened, it led a judge in Virginia to rule that Jack would either need to be euthanized or moved from the state. Additionally, the judge decided that Jack couldn’t live in any state that shared a border with Virginia.
The only state that DVSHR serves that borders Virginia is Maryland, hence why their listing only mentioned that ban. However, this means Jack also can’t enter several other states, including Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia. He may also be banned from Washington, D.C.
“We’re in the business of making sure it’s the best fit for the dog and the family,” said Swanda. “He’s a very good dog.”
Until a suitable adopter is found, Jack will remain with DVSHR.