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Turtle Riders, we need your help sharing this story. When someone abuses an animal, it’s important
that other adopting and selling entities are made aware so that the cycle of abuse can be stopped. If you abuse one animal, you’re likely to abuse another. Also, you’re a fucking piece of shit.
In the case of our story today, Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem, Massachusets was left an unexpected “gift” today. This adorable little dog was tied up outside the shelter in seven-degree weather- with no blanket, no shelter, no warmth. Just left outside to freeze for 45 minutes until someone realized she was out there.
When the manager, Laurie, went back and checked the camera footage, the story became a little more clear. At approximately 8:25 a.m. today, a car pulled up to the shelter with a woman and a man inside. The woman got out of the vehicle with the dog, and walked to the front door of the building.
At this time, the lot was full of employee cars and it should have been very clear that in spite of business hours starting at 10 a.m., if she was looking, she’d have been able to reach an employee. Maybe she was scared? Maybe she was too lazy to try and figure out a better way to make sure her animal didn’t suffer at all. Maybe she’s just a heartless bitch.
This woman knocked once or twice, peered in the door, then proceeded to tie the dog to a bench in front of the building. She then left the dog’s wire crate next to the door. By the time a staff member realized she was out there, it was 9:15. 45 minutes had passed and the dog was freezing and shaking.
The animal had also managed to wrap her leash around the legs of the bench, causing herself to be stuck in one position for the duration of her wait.
Maybe this lady’s phone was also decked in camo and she couldn’t find it to call the shelter first to make sure someone could be there to ensure this dog didn’t end up a pupsicle. That must be her excuse for being completely fucking horrible. Why is the dog OUT of the cage? Couldn’t you at least put it IN the cage and cover it with blankets or something?
Laurie claims that the staff enters through the back of the building, and there are many entrances where someone who was concerned for the welfare of an animal could attempt to knock. It appeared that while the woman was at the front door- she may have left quickly because she herself looked cold in the images. Aww too cold for you, but not for a 10lb dog. Gotcha.
The dog was wrapped in blankets and brought in the second she was discovered and given warm food and checked over. Luckily, she appeared to be in decent health with no indication of frostbite on her feet or other extremities.
Laurie said that she wished the woman would have tried a bit harder to get the dog into warmth. “People surrender animals all the time. We’re a shelter, it’s what we do. We don’t want to shame her at all, but we’d like to know what the dog’s name is at least. Is she potty trained? Does she have any medical issues? Why is she being given up? Whatever the reason, it’s ok- but we just want to know so we place her in the best home we can for her needs.”
Essentially, this woman made the right decision to surrender the dog to a shelter if she couldn’t care for her any longer, but the method she was disposed of was dangerous and disgusting.
The combination of the cold, being wrapped around a bench, and the shelter being located right off a major highway is a terrible recipe for disaster. Had the dog gotten loose, this situation could have ended much worse for her. There are also risks of the dog being taken by a person who might wish to harm her. Little dogs are frequently stolen to use as bait for dog fighting, and little dogs can also be fed to large reptiles as food.
“How hard would it have been to just tell us- ‘This is what’s happening, this is why we can’t keep her, and her name is (blank).’ That’s all we needed. We aren’t a state-run facility. We’re privately run. We won’t put her on some list for turning her dog over. We WANT her to turn the dog over if it’s best for the dog. We just want to do what’s best for her too.”
“She’s in relatively good health despite today’s ordeal, is 3-5 years old and appears unhousebroken. She’s very nervous but seems to be trying to go along with all the new people in her life poking and looking at her. She’s as sweet as she can be, all things considered.”
On the shelter’s Facebook page, they made a post in hopes of getting the attention of the original owner to let her know that the dog was fine, but that they’d like more information. Clear displeasure by the way the dog was dropped off was communicated in the post as well- causing many readers to comment and share the story. While many people felt the woman was right to drop the dog off at the shelter and she should be forgiven, other more passionate pet lovers are enraged- calling for her to “be stripped naked and tied up outside in the cold.”
Personally, we think no one should have to be tied up outside in the cold to know that these actions are unsafe and wrong- and that IS despicable that this woman didn’t know or seem to care. So what do you think? Forgive and forget? Public flogging? Adoption blacklist? AT LEAST A FINE for animal endangerment? Tell us in the comments!
If you know this woman, please advise her to contact the shelter and help them take better care of her pet and find her a home that won’t tie her to a bench in the coldest month of the year. Then tell us who she is so WE can tell her she’s a heartless bitch.
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