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    A Long Island dog — chained outside for most of his 15 years — was turned over to a rescue group that promised the elderly pooch a warm, cushy indoor home.

    The Lab-chow named Bear had been forced to live outside for almost his entire life in Shirley, tethered to a rickety doghouse, which offered little protection from brutal winter weather, according to Smithtown-based Guardians of Rescue.

    “We received a call about a dog in need of a doghouse,” said Robert Misseri, the group’s founder and president.

    “But when we got there, it was even worse than that. That’s when we discovered the poor dog had spent his whole life attached to a heavy chain. We knew then and there that we had to do something to make a difference in that dog’s life, and so we did.”

    After dropping off a new doghouse last week, Misseri asked the owners if they could take Bear, and they surrendered him 24 hours later.

    Bear’s owners “are not bad people,” Misseri said. “They had indoor pets and when they got Bear as a puppy, they made him an outside dog, protecting (the property). He was a pretty much a guard dog.”

    He added: “But they did the right thing (surrendering Bear) and now he’s being shown things he’s never seen before and the time he has left can be a special treat.”

    Bear is now hanging out at Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue in Port Jefferson Station, looking to be adopted.

    He’s been given a clean bill of health and all his shots.

    “We come across a lot of chained-up dogs and you can’t get near them because of their frustration of being chained up. But that wasn’t the case here,” said Misseri, who believes an older couple or person might be best suited for Bear. “When we arrived, he was wagging his tail. He greeted us. He’s great with people.”


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