A Florida man who said he had been molested by an animal shelter animal during his childhood is now asking the city of Pensacola to allow him to adopt an animal after his dog, Lucky, died.
John Hickey said he was 14 when he was molested at the Orlando Animal Shelter.
He said he left the shelter after he was attacked and that his dog was found the next day dead on the side of the road.
He said Lucky was so small he was “just barely able to walk and that’s why I couldn’t bring myself to let him go,” he said.
“I was able to get him back and I found a rescue organization that wanted to adopt him,” Hickey told NBC News.
Hickey has been trying to adopt Lucky since he was 18.
He was granted a bond with the city by the Animal Shelter on Tuesday, but he said he has not received a response from the organization since then.
Hitting the road to find an animal that is able to help his family is something Hickey believes is needed.
He hopes the city will allow him and other children to adopt animals, he said, because he wants to give back to the community.
“This is what I do.
I get to see how things really work and I can learn something from what I see and I just want to give something back,” Hicky said.
Hicksons mother, Karen Hickey, said she is frustrated with the Animal Services and has contacted a local lawyer.
“The shelter has given us no information,” Hicksons mom said.
“I feel like we need a change.
They need to step up and help us.”
The city said in a statement that it has been in contact with the Orlando Police Department.