Dog Returned to Shelter for Farting Too Much, is Closer to Re-Adoption

Blaming foul odors on the dog is not as much fun when it’s true.

By | Posted: July 5, 2014, 6 a.m. PST

If learning to tolerate the smell of another creature’s farts isn’t love, then I don’t know what is. The Greenville County Pet Rescue in South Carolina posted a photo June 26 on it's Facebook page of a Pitbull mix named Misty who had recently been adopted and then returned.  Sadly, this is a high-kill shelter, with a dog euthanasia rate of 23.4% in 2013. What was the reason for the return of the friendly pup? Her owners said she passed too much gas.


Many of the Pet Rescue’s followers came to the dogs defense and could not fathom returning a dog because of her natural bodily functions. Many were outraged. Most suggested changing the dog’s food, but the inspiring thing that happened was that people pledged money to the rescue to prevent Misty from being euthanized.

Due to the overwhelming Internet reaction, the loveable 1 year old dog was getting closer to adoption within days. Susan Bufano, a shelter spokeswoman, told the Huffington Post, "We are still evaluating her and have a foster for her. We anticipate finding her a home.”


Misty the farting dog
Photo from Greenville County Pet Rescue


There is no question that the owners have the right to surrender the animal no matter what the reason is, but it is hard to look at this case from their point of view. Just like in cases of bad dog breath, there are also easy solutions when it comes to caring for a Flatulent Fido.  Much easier and more humane, in fact, than returning the dog to a shelter in which he or she may be killed. One method is simply changing the food the dog is eating.

The Cause and Cure of Bad Dog Breath>>

One Facebook user, Ginny Bowcock, summed up the sentiment of the rest of the users rather simply: "I wonder what these people do with their grandparents…put them in a farting home?”

Farting meme

Photo from


Does your dog produce offensive odors, or are they just simply the scapegoat for your own? Let us know in the comments below.

Follow Sam @Ralph_a_Dog

More Dog News


4 of 5 Comments View All 5 Comments

Give us your opinion Give us your opinion on Dog Returned to Shelter for Farting Too Much, is Closer to Re-Adoption

User Avatar

Pam   san antonio, Texas

7/17/2014 5:34:28 PM

One of my babies, Loki the greyhound, has the smelliest farts EVER! He's been with me 4 years and he ain't going nowhere! It would be live getting rid of my 2 legged baby for something she couldn't help. People like that don't deserve pets

User Avatar

Anna   Columbia, Alabama

7/15/2014 6:13:54 PM

As The wonderful author/ veterinarian, James Harod did in one of his books....There was a boxer that farted and stank up the house, he knew an old lady that had lost her sense of smell, paired the two and all lived happily ever after! There is more to this story, but I can't recall it all as I read it about 34 years ago. This is a common problem with short nosed dogs. Not so much AmStaffs, tho, diet related perhaps?

User Avatar

C   Currituck, North Carolina

7/15/2014 2:12:59 PM

I feed my dogs Royal Canin, not only do they NOT fart, their pop (which is only once per day) has no offensive oder as well. When my Mother gave my dog some (unapproved) treats and a bit of people food against my wishes,, WOW, fart city and STINKY!!!! the worst part being, my dog just happened to be laying in front of the fan that was blowing on Me. After getting some fresh air, I could not help but have a good laugh with my best friend over it. Now, if I can just get my Mom to listen to me when I tell her, Do NOT feed my dogs what she feeds her dogs. Yep, her dogs fart, and have several smelly poops per day. So the people should have NEVER taken the dog back just because of some gas issues, changing the food could have solved the problem, but then there aren't too many people willing to try different things to help their canine buddies, especially now when the economy is bad and jobs are hard to find.

User Avatar

je   dallas, Texas

7/15/2014 7:52:17 AM

What were they feeding this
Farting is a gas problem mostly caused by gmo wheat, corn or soy based over processed big commercial pet

Why didn't these people look into a healthier diet for this poor

Dogs don't have gas when they are on a good diet. My dog had terrible gas, diarrhea and very smelly poop. I did not get rid of my dog. The vet was clueless as vets know nothing

I learned that when I stopped feeding the horrible big commerical pet foods like Nestle Purina, iams, eucanuba, science diet, grocery store brands, etc. and fed a diet of

real meat either raw, cooked or canned with no salt, veggies like frozen green beans with no salt, and a dog supplement NuPro Silver from, the gas, diarrhea and very smell poop all

Why do people give up on dogs and cats, instead of finding out what really is wrong, and making the simple

If a child was farting or had smelly gas, would they get rid of that

Where are the moral people who would never dump a dog?

Login to get points for commenting or write your comment below

First Name : Email :
International :
City : State :

Captcha Image

Get New Captcha

Top Products