People continued to die of this horrible disease. The families of the victims were getting very upset with Mr. Duncan and Atlas because they believed that they were to blame. Eventually, the victims families got so angry that they decided to confront Mr. Duncan and Atlas.
They drove to his house and stood outside, shouting and pounding on his door for him to come out. Mr. Duncan was so sick of everyone blaming him for something he didn't do. The only reason he let the rumors go on for so long is because he liked it when people left him alone. He decided to put a stop to the untrue rumors.
Mr. Duncan led everyone to Atlas' shed and opened the door. He showed the towns people that he was just a sweet dog who liked to live in solitude, just like Mr. Duncan. He was very relieved that everyone knew the truth now.
Most of the people were shocked to find out that Atlas wasn't a bad dog. Others were also confused as to why Mr. Duncan kept this secret. However, they apologized to Mr. Duncan for blaming and judging him.
Mr. Duncan forgave them and lived happily ever after.