It goes without saying that the folks at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Monterey County love dogs. Maybe it is no surprise that they're also big San Francisco Giants fans.
As some of the employees were cheering for the Giants during the playoffs, they had an idea to name some animals in support of the team. Around the same time, several rescued dogs became available for adoption.
The four adult dogs and 10 puppies were found last April, stacked in seven crates in a the back of a parked station wagon in Monterey. The rescued pups were held as evidence until the suspect failed to appear in court for a third time. There is now a warrant for her arrest on charges of animal neglect and the dogs have been cleared for adoption.
"So it was prefect timing," says Beth Brookhouser, director of community outreach of the SPCA for Monterey County. The dogs were quickly named after popular Giants personalities: Panda, Posey, Pence, Crawford, Brandon, Madison, Romo, Hudson, Vogelsong, Morse, Peavy, Jeremy, Bochy and Amy G.
You might have noticed a newly famous Giants player missing from that list. The SPCA folks hadn't thought to include Travis Ishikawa, but as they watched him hit the walk-off home run that sent the Giants to the World Series, they decided they really needed to name a pup after him.