The 14 year old dog had belonged to the Bas-Rhin family for all of his life. He knew no different, and knew of no reason why he was no longer wanted.
He was brought to the shelter in Haguenau by a couple who claimed they were about to move from a house to an apartment and were worried the dog would be unhappy.
One of the managers at the shelter informed the couple that a dog of advanced years needed less exercise than a young dog, and that the move should not be too troublesome.
The couple then admitted they only had the dog because their child wanted it. But their child, now a full-grown adult, left home 10 years ago.
It transpired that the couple had initially begged a local vet to put down the dog but the vet had refused.
The shelter workers - furious at the poultry reasons for the abandonment - reluctantly took the sad little dog into their arms. Fortunately, he has already been adopted!