Dumping pets when they are no longer wanted, as if they are nothing more than bags of trash, is a national disgrace. All over the country, animals are being thrown out of cars and left on the side of the road, where they wait for their heartless owners to return. And these owners never come back.
In places like the Redlands, Florida you’ll find the Rock Pit dogs, the Everglades dogs in Homestead, Florida, dumped pets in Dowdy Ferry in Dallas, Texas. This may be happening in your town, too. There are rescues that help, and a number of links have been provided for you, but there are too many animals and not enough rescues or fosters to make more than a dent in the problem. This Sunday, on Facebook, Kings SPCA-Rescue, a no-kill shelter, posted thisvideo and accompanying letter, written by Brooke Rapozo. Ms. Rapozo is the adoption coordinator for the rescue. She captures the desolation experienced by a dumped, formerly loved pet, waiting for days on a lonely road. This one was found waiting for his owners near Lemoore, California.
Dear The Callous … owner of this dog,
Today we noticed a couple of emails from people that had noticed your dog that had been abandoned on 15th ave and Excelsior ave. After looking at date, your dog had been sitting there since Saturday morning at least. It was 3:00 pm today when we finally noticed the messages because we have been so busy. We decided to drive over and see if we could help. Sure enough there he was.
He waited for you.
He hadn’t left the place you made him stay. He was being a good dog. He stayed close to the last place he saw his favorite person in the world. He thought you were coming back. He was watching every car that would come down the road hoping it was you coming back for him. Your dog has been freezing, hungry, and scared for days because you are heartless.
He waited for you.
He was so hungry that he was eating sticks. Nice people had stopped to drop off food but he was still so hungry and confused. But even with food sitting in front of him he knew he had to wait for you to come back.
He waited for you.
He isn’t a bad dog. He is a very good dog. You were a bad friend. You abandoned someone that would give his life for you. Someone who doesn’t care how long you stayed away at work. Someone who is just as happy to see you if u just go outside to check the mail or if you leave for days. Someone who would lick the tears off your cheeks and the leftover food from your plate when u were done eating.
He won’t be waiting for you anymore.
After he was seen for day curled up in a ball on the road you left him, we came back for him. We came back with a fellow rescuer named Yvonne from Raven’s Rescue BullyBreed Sanctuary. It was getting dark and we could hear the coyotes in the distance. We sat there for hours. We talked to him. We sat there singing to him. We fed him and offered him a blanket.
Your dog ate from our hand after hours of throwing him wet food. Your dog finally came closer to us as we laid in the cold dirt telling him “everything is going to be ok and this is the last time anyone will hurt you”. Your dog finally let me pet the top of his head. Then behind his ears. Finally he didn’t run when I scooted over and sat next to him. He finally laid down and allowed me to give him belly rubs. He let me put a leash on him and didn’t try to run.
He didn’t panic until it was time to leave. He wanted to wait for you. He refused to walk to the van. I carried your huge dog to our van; your big, gentle, scared, and loyal dog. I carried your dog away from the last place he saw you. He howled the whole car ride to our shelter. He howled the most painful howl I have ever heard. It was the sound of his heart breaking. He desperately tried to get back to the spot that you left him. He frantically checked every window then watched out the back window as we drove away. His howls lasted until he came to the driver seat and howled at me. As I reached over to pet his head he looked at me so confused and laid his head on my lap and whined as we pulled up to the shelter.
You don’t deserve this amazing puppy. You don’t deserve any dog at all.
My dog will forget about you. He will find a good home and will get the love he deserves. He will know what it’s like to have a real home.
I don’t care who you are or your excuse as to why you abandoned my dog. It’s probably a … reason anyways. You are scum. I pray your year is filled with karma and bad health.
Brooke, Darlene Laboc, her son, Dillon, tried to capture this dog on their own, but found they needed Yvonne’s assistance. This loyal dog will be up for adoption; if you are interested, here is the link to the rescue.
Though Brooke’s original post was slightly edited for publication in Examiner, the message it holds, and the feelings it elicits, ring loud and clear. Dumping an animal is not just heartless; it’s criminal. It is no defense to claim you abandoned the animal at or near an animal shelter, veterinary clinic or other place of shelter if no arrangements are made for the care of the animal. You have committed a crime. Though it is slightly out of date, here is a list of the animal cruelty laws by state.
Though animal cruelty is considered a felony in all 50 states, and has been since 2014, beginning this year, the FBI will be compiling statistics on animal abuse. Actually convincing the courts to sentence people appropriately for animal abuse and abandonment is the next step. This is a voting year. Look carefully at the records of those who are currently seeking office, and wish to maintain or be elected to a position, and vote accordingly. If you want to be part of the solution, Dosomething.org is a website to check out with some suggestions. Stop turning a blind eye. Change can start with just one person. Is that person you?