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Home run: Hank the stray Phoenix dog headed to new home in Midwest

PHOENIX — That little white dog is now a big leaguer.

Hank, the bedraggled ball of fur who wandered into the Brewers’ spring training
complex back on President’s Day looking for one more chance, will head to
Milwaukee and his new home on Sunday.

“There are so many people who have been part of the Hank story: fans, players
and coaches, front office staff, media and all of those in his circle of
caregivers,” Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said Friday.

“We’re grateful
to have an opportunity to make Hank a permanent member of the Brewers family,
but even more important, we’re thrilled that he is going to a great family that
will ensure that he is loved and comfortable in his new Wisconsin home.”

Hank will fly back to Milwaukee on a charter flight with Brewers executives,
sponsors and family members and will be welcomed to the city by Mayor Tom
Barrett and County Executive Chris Abele.

The Wisconsin Humane Society received more than 1,000 offers to adopt Hank, but
have not identified his new owners.

The dog was found wandering around Maryvale Baseball Park by a security guard
on Feb. 17. He was covered with dirt and it appeared the dog had been hit by a
car. A team official took him to a veterinarian, who estimated the pooch was
2-to-3 years old. Team employees hung lost dog signs around the Maryvale
neighborhood on Phoenix’s west side.

He was named Hank in honor of Milwaukee Braves and Brewers great Hank Aaron and
became an immediate hit with the players, who took turns walking and caring for
the dog.

Still no definitive word, by the way, on exactly what kind of dog Hank is. He
looks like a sort of mixed breed, maybe with some combination of poodle,
terrier, Maltese and Lhasa apso. But whatever his pedigree, he’s earned his
place on the major league roster.

“We want to thank all of those who have made the effort to give Hank the care
he needed down here in Arizona, as the top priority has always been to put his
health and happiness first,” said Rick Schlesinger, Brewers’ chief operating officer.

“In addition to this being a captivating story, our goal has been to shed
more light on the issue of stray and homeless pets, a problem that is not unique
to just Arizona and Wisconsin.”

The Brewers have worked closely with the Arizona and Wisconsin Humane Societies
to give Hank proper care and to help raise awareness of animals needing homes.

“We are so grateful for the amazing care he has received, and for the way the
players and the Brewers organization have used Hank’s story to highlight the
needs of homeless animals like him,” said Anne Reid, president of the Wisconsin Humane Society. “We know he’ll love Milwaukee.”


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