This is the story of the fickle fate of fearless Fred. On Valentine's Day, Fred was picked up as a stray by animal control. A Beagle mix estimated to be four years old, Fred was taken to the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina. Twice Fred had local adopter interest, but neither panned out. At last, a rescue agreed to take him. However, when Fred went to the vet, it was determined that he was not four, but more like eight.