Blind dog on the loose |

Blind dog on the loose

Jill Darby

Alayna Alariana traveled more than nine hours to rescue a 2-year-old, blind whippet from certain death.

“I got him from the whippet rescue center in Southern California,” Alariana said Tuesday. “They were going to put him down and I said, ‘No.’ I drove down there last night and I got him home early this morning.”

Less than an hour after the South Shore resident introduced her canine companion to his South Lake Tahoe home, the tiny pup escaped through a small hole in the backyard fence.

“Because of where he came from, I was basically the second person he knew and I only knew him for 24 hours,” said Alariana, who named the dog “Levin.”

“Other people are new to him. Cars are new. It’s as if he was just born into the world, so I’m sure he’s going to be skittish. He can’t see. He has macular degeneration.”

Alariana lives on the corner of Stockton Avenue and William Drive, where Levin squeezed through the fence around 8 a.m. Tuesday.

He stands about 18 inches tall but is very skinny. Resembling a miniature greyhound, Levin is white with a light gray ear and a little bit of gray on his face. He has a light brown and gray circle on his right shoulder and is wearing a red collar with a St. Francis metal attached, as well as a blue dog bone shaped tag from the whippet rescue.

Anyone with information about Levin’s whereabouts should contact Alariana at (775) 691-1811.

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