Mojo was an abandoned dog that was hanging out near a housing complex in Lancaster. Michelley Benitez (at left in photo) saw what looked like someone dumping him in a large desert area, and when she tried to approach the dog, he ran from her. But true to form for Michelley, she started leaving food and water under a large shrub area that provided good shelter. When it rained, she set up a tarp under the shrubs so he would have a dry place. But she could never get near him. Unbeknownst to Michelley, Jamye Mejia, who lives in the housing complex, was also feeding him. Just before she and her family were due to go on vacation, Jayme saw Michelley's buckets, with a business card she had left. She and Michelley got in touch, and they "tag teamed" the feedings. When they heard about Sadie the Freeway Dog, they contacted SNIP to help them trap the dog. With the help of Kyle Young of Animal Rescue and Transport, we all met to set up a trap and form a plan. Jayme would check the trap every hour or so, then Kyle would come to transfer him to a crate, and Susan would get him to SNIP headquarters (Carolyn and Susan's house). At about 10:00 that night, Jayme called, excited to tell us that the dog was in the trap! Susan went to meet Jayme, and they loaded him into her car. He was growling, snapping, and barking, and they both thought--Oh boy, this is going to be trouble. But as soon as Susan and Carolyn unloaded him, he turned into a total mushpot. Carolyn is like valium to dogs, and she had him lying on his back looking for a belly rub within moments.
"Team Mojo" From left, Michelley Benitez, Kyle Young, and Jayme Mejia
Mojo in catch trap, scared and confused
We call him Mojo, and he's a real lovebug. He gets along with our other dogs, and when Michelley and Jayme and her three kids came to visit, he was a perfect gentleman (except for some energetic licking).
The very next day, on leash with Carolyn
Mojo was determined to be a Japanese Shar-Pei, and was taken under the wing of a Los Angeles Japanese Shar-Pei specialty group, where he is being taught how to be a great family dog.
The first night, safe and warm
After a long afternoon playing with our other dogs, Mojo is ready for a nap