Nov 16, 2021 - COVID
Dog-loving hero Jack Novoselski dies at 76
Jack Novoselski, founder of SouthEast Beagle Rescue, whispered the promise of a better life to each dog his organization rescued.
Jack Novoselski, founder of SouthEast Beagle Rescue, whispered the promise of a better life to each dog his organization rescued. Photo courtesy of Lynn Keeney

It's highly likely no one in Tampa Bay loved beagles more than Jack Novoselski.

What's happening: Kristin Hare's latest beautiful obit for the Tampa Bay Times memorializes Novoselsk, a dog-loving hero who died Sept. 28 of the coronavirus. He was 76 and fully vaccinated.

Why he matters: After founding SouthEast Beagle Rescue in Carrollwood 10 years ago, Novoselski saved about 1,600 beagles by working 60- to 100-hour weeks.

  • Novoselski drove 40,000 miles a year to pick up dogs from kill shelters as far as Alabama and Louisiana in his SUV, "The Beagle Bus," volunteers with the organization told Hare.
  • He would whisper into the ear of every dog he rescued — no matter how mangy or scared — that everything was going to be okay and no one would hurt them again.

Go deeper: Stories of the dogs and people he brought together.

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