KAKE viewers help Wichita woman spring dog from shelter

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Paris Jones, Wichita, reunited with Hendrix, the dog she calls her unofficial service dog. Paris Jones, Wichita, reunited with Hendrix, the dog she calls her unofficial service dog.
Hendrix giving Pilar Pedraza the side-eye as he waits to leave the shelter Tuesday. Hendrix giving Pilar Pedraza the side-eye as he waits to leave the shelter Tuesday.
Hendrix jumps up on Ramiro in excitement as they walk out to the car Tuesday. Hendrix jumps up on Ramiro in excitement as they walk out to the car Tuesday.
KAKE viewers helped raise money to spring Hendrix from doggy jail. KAKE viewers helped raise money to spring Hendrix from doggy jail.
Some of Paris' pictures of  Hendrix over the last several months. Some of Paris' pictures of Hendrix over the last several months.
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

We first told you about Paris Jones' struggles to get her unofficial service dog out of the pound this weekend.  Tuesday, thanks to your help, she finally got to take Hendrix home.

"Aaahhhh.  Oh, hi!  Hi, baby!" 

Tuesday morning Paris crouched in front of a cage kennel in Hall G at the Wichita Animal Shelter.  Inside the enclosure, a red Viszla mix vibrating with eagerness.  She calls him Hendrix.  He returns her greeting with an excited woofing that echoes down the hall.  This is the moment Paris has been hoping and praying for.

"I feel amazing right now," she says a moment later.  

Unhappy with her attention wandering, Hendrix barks again.

"Ok, I'll get you out," she laughs.

Paris says Hendrix has a habit of jumping the fence at the South Wichita home she shares with him and her boyfriend, Ramiro Muñoz.  This time, Hendrix landed in doggy jail.  She needed around $150 to spring him before the end of Tuesday or lose him.   She calls Hendrix her unofficial service dog because he's helped her get off medications for PTSD and bipolar disorder.  

Not knowing what else to do, Paris set up a GoFundMe account and begged for help.  You stepped up donating, at last check, $1000.

"Oh my gosh, thank you so much," Paris says as she waits to finish the paperwork that will let them take Hendrix home.  "I don't really have the words... it just leaves me speechless, how kind everybody in Wichita is!  I just didn't expect that much love and I'm just really grateful for it."

Despite this help, as of Tuesday morning Hendrix was still at the shelter, waiting.

"There was a lot of questions as far as the money that was being raised," said Lt. Brian Sigman with the Wichita Police Department.  He said the shelter has been getting calls about helping free Hendrix since our story aired Sunday evening.  "The fact that the owner hadn't even come in since we had talked to her on Sunday morning."

It turns out, Paris had a few more problems on the way there.

"GoFundMe decided to tell me that it would be two to five business days.  And we just now transferred the money because we had to open a new bank account," she explained.

Plus, she needed a ride just to get to the shelter.

"We were going to help her no matter what," said Laurrie Morris.  She was one of the first KAKE viewers to reach out after our story aired Sunday evening.

When Paris texted her, explaining what was going on, Laurrie jumped into action.   "We kind of made friends cause, you know, we love dogs and it's Christmas."

Paris sits in the lobby now with Hendrix cuddled up to her in a hug, licking at her face.  She giggles.

"Hi," she breathes.

While they wait for the go ahead to leave, Laurrie offers some advice as well as the ride.  Paris listens intently.

"I didn't even know about the whole neutering and how they would be more behaved," Paris says.

That's not uncommon among first-time dog owners, says Lt. Sigman.

"You know, they're just learning.  It's like new parents," he said.  "There's a learning curve there."

"I don't even know how to describe it, honestly," Paris smiles as they walk out the door.  "I'm just really happy to have him back."

Now that she's heading home with Hendrix, she's making plans to use the rest of the money from the GoFundMe account to make his life better.  She'll take him to the vet, get him fixed and vaccinated. Then she hopes to find a way to Hendrix-proof their fence.

Walking to the car, Hendrix jumps up on Ramiro in excitement, looking for attention.  Rubbing his head, Ramiro grins ruefully.  

"Alright," he laughs, "now you're back to terrorizing my life."

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