Husky dog who was called ‘ugly’ for crooked smile finds family who drives 2.6K miles to adopt him

A funny-faced Husky named Harvey — who some people called “ugly” — was adopted last month by a Washington family who drove 2,600 miles roundtrip over six days to pick him up.husky-solo-shot.jpg

Harvey the husky has been adopted after the San Diego Department of Animal Services shared a post on Facebook. (Joy Ollinger)

When he arrived “thin and dirty” and with a “facial deformity” at the San Diego Department of Animal Services shelter in Carlsbad, California, last September, Harvey was named after the DC Comics character Harvey Dent or “Two Face” – one of Batman’s arch nemeses.

“He has a crooked smile,” Joy Ollinger, 44, a lieutenant with the San Diego Department of Animal Services, told Fox News Digital.

“Our vets examined him and they think his facial deformity is possibly from being bitten when he was a very young puppy. He doesn’t know any different and it doesn’t bother him.”

It did however seem to bother potential adopters, Ollinger said.

“People would walk by him and just not even give him a second look,” Ollinger told Fox News Digital.


“I actually heard people saying he was ugly because of his facial deformity. And then the whole time he was there, no one requested to take him out for an interaction or possible adoption. Not once in the whole time.”

The shelter houses about 110 dogs at a time, Ollinger said.

“We get so many people walking through, and it just made us sad because we love Harvey,” Ollinger said. “We saw how much he had to offer.”

Ollinger began bringing Harvey, who she estimated to be almost two years old, into her office to get to know him better.

“He’s very sweet and he’s quiet and he’s smart,” Ollinger said. “He seeks attention and he would lay by my feet. He was always very interested in everything I was doing. When I was typing, he would get his front paw up and look at the keyboard.”

Ollinger created a Facebook post describing Harvey’s personality and why someone should give him a chance.

“Harvey is a quiet and mellow husky who gets along with other dogs and loves treats,” she wrote in the post.

“Harvey has a facial deformity that doesn’t bother him but gives him a crooked smile. I think it makes him even more endearing.”

Sherry Lankston, 41, of Woodinville, Washington, was immediately smitten — and responded to the post from more than 1,000 miles away.

“I wasn’t actively looking for a new fur baby, but this guy’s sweet face has me swooning,” she commented on the post.


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