Tuesday, November 24, 2009

We found him


Just before the owners dumped their English Springer Spaniel, someone saw them take off his ID tags and then claim he was a stray they'd found and couldn't keep.

The dog is friendly and affectionate and has a gentle manner about him. He's quiet and well behaved. But, he has some sort of skin disease which you can see around his eyes and his lower body fur is discoloured from lying in urine for who knows how long. His general health is not great and so he's not going into adoption. Toronto Animal Services will try to find him a rescue to go to but otherwise the prognosis for this guy isn't good.

When will the selfish and cowardly learn that dumping their sick old dogs on the city is about the worst thing they can do to their faithful companions? If this guy is euthanized, he will have spent his last days existing in the confines of a cold, strange kennel, scared and wondering what he did wrong to be so deserted.

21 comments:

Biscuit said...

goddamn it.

no chance at all, you think?

Joanne said...

Fred, Could you or someone try to get his story on the news or in the paper. At Christmas time no less. Bastards, cold-hearted, mean spirited bastards. If I can do anything to help, let me know. He even looks like a good boy. If you have any ideas, or anyone does, please let's get the ball rolling for this poor little soul. Boy, people never surprise you with the depths they can sink to. I would take him but the inn is overflowing. I feel so badly for him. I am going to think about this and contact some people and see what I can do.

Biscuit said...

i'm happy to help however I can.

Fred said...

Just heard - he's going into rescue, probably Speaking of Dogs. I'm going to try to get a better picture of him once he's cleaned up a bit and before they pick him up.

Angele said...

I hope that when the people that dropped him off are old that someone drops them off as a stray in a terrible nursing home.

Why would'nt the TAS adopt him is someone wanted to adopt knowing his condition?

Biscuit said...

yay! oh, I'm so glad he's going somewhere they'll take care of him.

Joanne said...

Bless them....gotta love those women..I wrote some rescues myself. Some here and some in Long Island. I am more than happy to help with anything I can. Now, on to the next little heart...

Angele said...

That is awesome.

Fred you are amazing. I read your blog all the time and your compassion towards animals is immeasurable.

Fred said...

Hi Angele, TAS has found a rescue to take him in but to answer your question about adoption, most old dogs tend to have a really hard time getting adopted and old sick dogs especially so. They often just end up living months in a cage and no one gives them a second glance. Plus, if they're sick to start with, they'll probably just get sicker without a healthy, nurturing environment to recover in.

If a rescue can't be found for them, the old ones are sometimes given out to individual "fosters" who know exactly what they're in for with respect to medical and age issues but people like that are hard to come by and then they don't always have room.

Euthanasia is not the ideal solution obviously. It's not even a solution period but it's what a lot of these sick, older guys face. Ideally, there would be a large animal welfare organization which would take in such dogs and treat them with more compassion but unfortunately such an organization doesn't exist here in Toronto.

Ian said...

What goes around comes around.
I hope the people who dumped this poor old fella recall that in the future when s*** happens.

Hope they don`t have children.They also grow up and aren`t ever as cute as they were when they were young "pups".

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the answer Fred. I get what you mean about older sick dogs. I have 2 dogs, one being a rescue who was severely abused. There are still some tough times but the good times are so rewarding. It is horrible to think what the previous people did to her. She weighed 8 pounds instead of 13 and they had stuck something in her eye which caused her to lose some vision and at the time she was 1 1/2 years old. She is healthy and happy now and will be 5 in December.

Moving forward, I will always adopt from a shelter and I hope to adopt one or more of the most unadoptable dogs in that shelter.

House of the Discarded said...

Ah..I'm so grateful that he's going to rescue. Bless his little heart....I hope we can get updates on this guy.

-Beth

Cathrine said...

Jeez, Fred, you had me worried! Reading the entry, I wanted to fly to this old guy's rescue, taking time out only to p*ss all over his former custodians' heads (Actually, my first reaction was a good deal less friendly than that!) But, lo and behold! Someone a little closer rescued him.

I hope there will be someone who will see him at the rescue and give him the home, love and praise he so richly deserves....

Evil Shannanigans said...

People who do that are disgusting and souless. How can you dump your family member like that? It is heartless and cruel. I hope he finds a good home to live out the end of his days.

Biscuit said...

>> "someone saw them take off his ID tags and then claim he was a stray they'd found and couldn't keep"

You know, I keep coming back to the breathtaking coldheartedness of this. What kind of filth does this?

Fred said...

Biscuit, quite often people will dump their pet claiming it's a stray they found. It's just that in this case, they got caught removing the tags - not only cold hearted but also kind of stupid.

Biscuit said...

I take some comfort knowing people like that will smoke turds in hell for eternity.

borderjack said...

Do you know who caught them (removing the tags)? Can they be publicly shamed or otherwise punished?

Fred said...

As good as it might feel to post photos and addresses of people like this, the thing is we actually need them to bring their unwanted pets into the facility otherwise they'd just kick them out the door or dump them out into the suburbs or where ever and who knows what would happen to the animals then.

At least these people aren't that cold hearted and they obviously must feel some internal shame, minimal though it might be, otherwise they wouldn't have removed the tags.

borderjack said...

You're right, Fred. Better the shelter than somewhere/something else. There's just an initial, gut response of rage and the desire to deal with people's unnecessary stupidity by kicking them in the 'nads or something like that that just sometimes takes over when one reads something like this...sigh...

Joanne said...

Removing the tags has nothing to do with internal shame. Rather, it is a means to avoid identification. They could hardly claim the dog was a stray they found if the tags could be traced by to them by their ID numbers. So sorry Fred, no get out of jail card here. They are, on top of unfeeling scum, cowards....