This story takes place in a small town during the early 20th century. Everything was peaceful until the "outbreak" happened.
Nobody knew what was happening until the majority of the patients became paralyzed. Polio had hit this small town like a hurricane did on the west coast. People were left for dead while others tried to escape the killer disease.
Atlas is as dangerous as a pack of wild bears!
Right around the first cases popped up, Mr. Duncan moved to town. He was grumpy and rude. He lived in the abandoned house on the outskirts of town. His back shed was occupied by his only companion, Atlas, a humongous and scary dog.
Mr. Duncan is a psychopathic murderer!
Nobody had actually seen Atlas in person but they had heard stories about how intimidating and frightening he was. Some people say that Atlas could kill a man with only one bite. Since the town already had a bad impression on Atlas and they were looking for an explanation for the death of half the town, they were quick to judge this innocent canine.
The town spread rumors faster than wildfire. They claimed that Atlas had brought over the disease from his previous home. All of the stories were fiction since nobody had ever laid eyes on Atlas. However, he was not the only one blamed for the polio epidemic.
Mr. Duncan was also blamed for the outbreak. The town believed that Mr. Duncan purposefully brought the disease over, as if he planned to harm the town. They called him hurtful and cruel names and even bashed him in the towns newspaper.