Two Dogs Need One Home After Owner Killed

A Chihuahua and Dachshund, lifelong friends, have been brought to the Jacksonville Animal Care and Control shelter after their owner was struck and killed by...

Horst Hoefinger  |  Dec 26th 2008


A Chihuahua and Dachshund, lifelong friends, have been brought to the Jacksonville Animal Care and Control shelter after their owner was struck and killed by a car.

When the two old pals get a few minutes to run around outside, Linky and Dillon don’t stray far from one another.

Linky’s eyesight is starting to go and the Chihuahua leans on his dachshund buddy Dillon for help. Besides, the 10-year-old dogs need each other a little more now in this unfamiliar place.

Their home, for the time being, is the Jacksonville Animal Care and Control shelter.

They lost their owner last weekend when he was hit by a car.

Joseph Derrick dearly loved his dogs, and the dogs are inseparable, so the city is doing everything possible to keep them together.

The city wants an owner who’ll keep the two dogs together. As an incentive, it’ll only charge one $80 adoption fee to anyone who takes them both, said Misty Skipper, spokeswoman for Mayor John Peyton.

Linky and Dillon arrived at the shelter on Monday, the same day Tammie Hoffer was there rescuing three other dogs. Hoffer, president of Someone Cares Rescue and Placement Inc., knows the struggles of placing animals that are getting older.

For any Dogsters that are in the Jacksonville area and looking to share their home with a couple lovable seniors, now’s your chance.


For more information on adopting Linky and Dillon, or any animal, call Jacksonville Animal Care and Control shelter at (904) 387-8924. The shelter reopens today after the holiday and is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

* Jacksonville Animal Care and Control assistant Lenny Dingman holds Linky (left) and Dillon. Picture courtesy Jacksonville.com.