Pet Of The Week

A dog named Texas Pete visited WITN News at Sunrise as the Pet of the Week Wednesday. The visit was also a reunion of sorts.

Texas Pete wandered up to the home of Sunrise Meteorologist Jim Howard over the summer. Jim says the dog was hungry and clearly not well. He contacted the owner twice, and though the man promised to come get his dog, he never did.

Jim was not about to turn his back on this now homeless dog. He contacted East Carolina Veterinary Service in Greenville, and their staff helped nurse Texas Pete back to health. The dog was then enrolled in the New Leash on Life program at the prison in Greene County. Texas Pete has now graduated and knows several basic commands.

The next chapter in Texas Pete's story remains to be written: who will adopt him? He's available for adoption at the Humane Society of Eastern Carolina. He's two years old and a Hound mix.

All dogs at the Humane Society of Eastern Carolina are spayed/neutered, up to date on vaccines, dewormed, and on heartworm and flea prevention. All dogs 6 months or older are tested for heartworms. Their adoption comes with a small bag of Hill's Science Diet food and a free one month trial of pet health insurance.

If you are interested in adopting Texas Pete or any of the animals at the Humane Society of Eastern Carolina, please contact them at (252) 413-7247 or visit them online at

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  • by Kay Location: Emerald Isle on Dec 10, 2010 at 12:10 PM
    No, I'm not Texas Pete's owner. I'm an animal lover. I also was not aware that I do not have to live in Pitt County to adopt a pet from there. Count on me calling about this pup. So there!!
  • by carol Location: ohio on Dec 9, 2010 at 05:25 PM
    thanks Jim for helping pete ..also thanks to the inmate who took a lot of time and patience to work with pete....can we meet the inmate
  • by Nanci on Dec 8, 2010 at 05:12 PM
    Thanks Jim, you're a great guy!
  • by V on Dec 8, 2010 at 04:42 PM
    This is a good news report WITN what Jim done.What would make it better though would be if you put a picture up here of the so called owner.
  • by Brooksie Location: NC on Dec 8, 2010 at 01:34 PM
    I watched the story this morning; I left heading to work knowing that there are still good people in this world. Thank you Jim and Happy Birthday!! Good Luck Texas Pete, you are already better off.
  • by To Kay on Dec 8, 2010 at 06:12 AM
    You do NOT have to live in Pitt County to adopt Pete!!! If you want Pete, then call them up and come adopt him!! If not, then do NOT bother to post insincere comments. Are you the owner that promised to pick Pete up??!!
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Dec 8, 2010 at 05:58 AM
    And what do you suppose the "owner" thinks about all this???
  • by Kay Location: Emerald Isle on Dec 8, 2010 at 05:51 AM
    Whata darling pup! Kudos (not Cujo) to Jim, the birthday boy, for being such a compassionate animal lover. If I lived in Pitt County, I'd definitely adopt Texas Pete. Whata beautiful pup!

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