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Mayor Rick Sollars and his wife, Alicia, donated bedding, food and toys for the adopter of the Taylor Animal Shelter's Cane Corso, Ersa.
Ersa was paraded around City Hall by Animal Control Officer Lanny Hall yesterday and found a fan in the mayor, who has his own Cane Corso at home.
Hall said that young female Ersa came to the Taylor Animal Shelter after spending time in Detroit, where it appeared adopters shied away from bigger breeds like her.
The term Cane Corso comes from the Italian word "cane" (dog) and and the Latin word "Cohors" (protector). The Cane Corso is a large Italian Molosser, which is closely related to the Neapolitan Mastiff. In name and form the Cane Corso predates its cousin the Neapolitan Mastiff, but is well muscled and less bulky than most other Mastiff breeds.
The breed is known as a true and quite possibly the last of the coursing Mastiffs. The official standard expects ideal dogs to stand 23–28 inches, with females in the lower range 23–26 inches and males in the higher 24–28 inches. Weight should be in keeping with the size and stature of these dogs, ranging from 99–110 pounds for males and from 88–99 pounds for females.
The overall impression of a Cane Corso is power, balanced with athleticism.
Remember that the Taylor Animal Shelter is holding an adoption program from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, November 11. They are focusing on adopting out animals over 5 years old.
The shelter is located at 25555 Northline Road, between the Lakes of Taylor and the Department of Public Works building.