I'm So Appalled!!

I was watching the local news today during lunch at work and saw this:

HAGERSTOWN, MD - A seven week old puppy is now recovering after he was found tied and frozen to a tree. The Washington County Humane Society is investigating to figure out who's responsible.

The puppy was spotted on Friday in the woods behind the North Spring apartment complex in Hagerstown.  The owners were no where to be found.

The person who found the puppy called the Washington County Humane Society.  When they found him, he was shivering from the freezing temperatures.  It was so cold; they had to physically pull him off the tree, resulting in a loss of fur from his side.

The puppy is recovering and is expected to be alright. 

After a rough start at life, he will be in need of a good home.  The puppy will be up for adoption from the Washington County Humane Society soon.

"It’s not the way you need to start life," says Paul Miller with the Washington County Humane Society.  “You talk about a puppy that’s seven weeks old, this is their socialization period.  This is the time they need to be exposed to all the good things and learn all the things they need to know the rest of their life.  Not living in the woods."

If anyone has any information about the puppy or his owners, contact the Washington County Humane Society at: 301-733-2060, extension 203.

http://your4state.com/content/fulltext/?cid=52261 (puppy on video at link)

I was stunned!!!  How could ANYONE, take a 7 week old puppy, tie it to a tree and then leave it there??!!!!  The poor thing lost fur because it was FROZEN TO THE TREE.  I'm so appalled.

Naturally there's a truckload of people wanting to adopt it.  That's what made me think more about it.  Only one family will get that puppy and yet, they'll be dozen more wanting it.  Will any of those dozens choose to adopt one of the other available puppies/dogs?  I certainly hope so as they all have some sad story to tell.

For the record - little puppies are like having a baby - it takes time and patience.  Also it could be a 15 year plus commitment.  So if you don't have the time, patience or long term commitment - how about one of the older dogs??  I'm sure they would love to spend their remaining years with a family.

One by One
One by one, they pass by my cage
Too old, too worn, too broken, they say
Way past his time, he can't run and play
They shake their heads and go on their way
A little old man, arthritic and sore
It seems that I am wanted no more
I once had a home, I once had a bed
A place that was warm, and where I was fed
Now my muzzle is grey, and my eyes slowly fail
Who wants a dog so old and so frail?
My family decided I didn't belong
I got in their way, my attitude wrong
Now I sit in this kennel, where day after day
The younger ones are chosen and taken away

When I had come to the end of my rope
You saw my face and again I knew hope
You saw past the grey, the legs wobbly with age
And felt I deserved life beyond this cage
You took me home, gave me food and a bed
You gently stroked my poor tired head
We snuggle and play, you talk to me low
You love me so dearly, and make sure I know

Although I have lived most of my life with another
You outshine them with a love so much stronger
I promise to return all the love I can give
To you my dear friend, as long as I live
I may be with you for a week, or for years
We will share many smiles, and a few tears
When the time comes, that God deems I must leave
I know you will cry and your heart it will grieve
When I arrive at the Bridge all brand new
My thoughts and my heart will still be with you
And I will brag to all who will hear
Of the person who made my last days so dear

Do I go home today
My family brought me home, cradled in their arms

The cuddled me and smiled at me, said I was full of charm
They played with me and laughed with me and showered me with toys
I sure do love my family - especially the girls and boys
The children loved to feed me - they gave me special treats
They even let me sleep with them - all snuggled in the sheets

I used to go for lots of walks - often several times a day
They even fought to hold the leash - Im very proud to say
These are the things I'll not forget - a cherished memory
Because I now live in the pound -without my family

They used to laugh and praise me - when I played with that old shoe
But I didn't know the difference between the old ones and the new
The kids and I would grab a rag - for hours we would tug
So I thought I did the right thing when I chewed the bedroom rug

They said I was out of control and would have to live outside
This I did not understand although I tried and tried
The walks all stopped just one by one, they said they hadn't time
I wish I could change things, I wish I knew my crime
My life became so lonely, in the back yard on a chain
I barked and barked all day long - just to keep from going insane

So they brought me to the shelter, but were embarrassed to say why
They say I caused an allergy - then they each kissed me goodbye
If I'd only had some classes - when I was just a pup
Then I would have been a better dog - when I was all grown up
'you only have one day left' I heard the worker say
Does that mean I have a second chance?

And yeah - these made me cry too!!!


  1. I heard about this earlier tonight and though appalled, I am sadly not surprised. The way people treat animals is horrible and should be punishable by law with much more than the slap on the wrist most offenders get. If laws were more strict, maybe we would have a little less of these types of incidences. I'm just glad the little guy is safe.


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