Four dogs have received a second chance at life thanks to the Henry County Humane Society - Geneseo.

Four dogs have received a second chance at life thanks to the Henry County Humane Society - Geneseo.

The no-kill shelter recently accepted four canines slated to be euthanized from Livingston County Animal Control.

“Our purpose is to help find homes for cats and dogs, and if we have vacant space, we need to take in others,” said Henry County Humane Society - Geneseo shelter manager Tracy Diehl.

On Friday, Oct. 31, Livingston County Sheriff’s Deputy Tom Hardyman arrived at the Geneseo shelter with four kennels in his truck and introduced shelter staff to Chili, Echo, Ace and Spirit.

Chili, a 12-year old cattle-dog mix, was suffering from bladder stones when she arrived.

Shelter staff knew of Chili’s poor health and had arranged for her to have surgery shortly after her arrival in Geneseo.

To aid in the dog’s recovery, Diehl is fostering Chili at her home.

Echo is a shar pei/labrador mix. The female will live at the humane society shelter until a home can be found.

She’ll be joined at the shelter by Ace, a male pit bull mix.

“Ace is deaf, which will make for an interesting challenge,” said Diehl.

The fourth Livingston County dog, Spirit, is a purebred pit bull. He has been accepted by PINK (Pitties in Need of Kennels) a Kewanee-based rescue group.

A fifth dog, Elvira, was scheduled to be transported to Henry County, but was adopted the day before, a development Diehl called “wonderful.”

“The Livingston County people were absolutely elated we were going to be able to take some of the dogs,” said Diehl. Doing so has rescued the canines from “death row” she added.

While the Henry County Humane Society - Geneseo has accepted animals from other shelters in the past, “We’ve never done something to this magnitude,” said Diehl.

For more information, visit www.geneseoanimalshelter.com.