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A French bailiff opens an apartment door and is shocked at what he finds

This dog was found abandoned in a flat by a bailiff.
© SPA Marseille Provence - Facebook

A bailiff in Marseille, France, was shocked to find that the only thing left for him to collect from an empty apartment was a starving dog. His family had visibly moved and left him behind with no remorse.

By G. John Cole, 18 Jul 2019

The family who lived at the flat escaped in secret but left their dog – apparently the family pet – behind. The bailiff took the dog anyway, but delivered him to the Marseille Provence SPA – the French equivalent of the RSPCA.

Unfortunately, it was too late for the dog, who expired less than an hour after reaching the shelter.

Public response

The SPA shared photos of the dog’s plight on their Facebook Page, and French dog lovers were understandably outraged at the family’s behaviour.

“This 12-year-old dog was condemned to a slow death,” wrote the SPA, “death by hunger, thirst, cold, and loneliness."

“And since animals have hearts, he must have felt love towards his master… and may even have feared his betrayer’s fate.”

One Facebook observer responded: “The horror! Impossible! I will not sleep at night, what trash! Poor dog, how can we get to such a degree of cruelty; these people make me sick! I hope they will pay for their acts.”

The Marseille Provence SPA has filed a lawsuit for animal cruelty. The dog owners – who under any circumstances, should have taken responsibility for the animal whose fate became intertwined with theirs the day they took him in - will have to answer to their heartless act in court, although once more the cruel and unjust socioeconomic system that put them on the run from bailiffs will escape untarnished.