Note explains the heartbreaking reason this dog was left tied to a tree
Rescue workers found a dog tied to a tree with a heart-breaking note stuck to its collar. Now they're urging owners to ask for help rather than abandon their pets.
Published on the 24/09/2020, 21:00
Roadie, a German Shepherd crossbreed, was spotted by a member of the public last week. Poor Roadie had been tied to a tree and left all on his own. The unnamed person then contacted rescue workers from Johnson County Animal Shelter.
Roadie's rescuers were surprised. The dog looked in good health and he'd clearly been well-looked after. They couldn't understand why anyone would abandon him. But as they got closer, things started to make more sense.
A heartbreaking note
The rescue staff found a heartbreaking note stuck to Roadie's collar. It said Roadie was loved, but that her owner couldn't afford to take care of her anymore.
"My name is Roadie," read the note. "My dad lost his job and soon his home from COVID."
The shelter shared the story on its Facebook page. They've since received dozens of enquiries from people looking to adopt Roadie. So it looks like this pooch won't have to wait long before she gets a new home.
There's no shame in asking for help
In the meantime, the shelter is urging struggling owners to ask for help or contact a rescue service.
Michael Delp is the rescue centre's director. He said:
"It’s never a good idea to leave an animal alone. Roadie could have been struck by a vehicle, could have been attacked. Call your local shelter."
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