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Emaciated pup waits in cardboard box at shelter where he was dumped

At the Panhandle Welfare Society (PAWS), located in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, a severely emaciated pup sat patiently in the cardboard box his family left him in when they abandoned him at the door in the wee hours of the morning.

“We can’t believe he stayed in his little cardboard box, as if he knew he had to wait until someone arrived at PAWS. He was so scared at first, then we gave him some food. Now he is a big mush,” the organization posted early Wednesday afternoon on Facebook.

Now dubbed Claus, the adorable little guy will receive the much needed veterinarian attention his undernourished body and soul requires. His ribs and spine showed through his coat – his emaciated body bloated full with parasites. The collar and flea collar he wore were much too tight – most likely no one had cared for Claus in a long time.

“We are grateful to whoever left him at our door because now he will be fed, loved, and treated by the veterinarian. Something they could obviously not handle themselves. This is what we are here for. He has a name now. He is Claus,” stated the organization.

Although animal advocates are shocked that any owner would abandon their dog, at least Claus wasn’t tossed out into the woods or onto the streets. If only owners suffering hardships and unable to provide for their pets would reach out to their local shelters for help, dogs like Claus could still be in the place he once called home.

To donate to PAWS, please click here.

(Photo of emaciated pup courtesy of PAWS)

  1. Julia
    Julia says:

    It so sad that people gets animals, dogs or cats, whatever they may be, can’t take care of them. So why bother getting these animals if u don’t take care of them. They are family, I couldn’t neglect my pets, they keep me going just like kids. I have a pit and a cat, they been together since they were small. So people if u thinking of getting a pet keep them, don’t drop them off if u can’t feed them or take care of them. Its a sad, sad world with mess up people. God bless.

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  2. Peggy Webster Baker
    Peggy Webster Baker says:

    Paw prayers for Claus to have a living forever home n his body be healed n health restored…such a handsome pup….

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  3. Cathy wilson
    Cathy wilson says:

    OH WHAT A SWEET DOGGY GOD BLESS HIM WHAT AWFUL PARENTS TO LEAVE HIM ALONE PLEASE DON’T GIVE UP ON HIM AN MAKE SURE YU DON’T LET ANOTHER PERSON HAVE HIM UNLESS THEY LOVE HIM FOREVER EVERYONE NEEDS TO DONATE WHAT THEY CAN REMER CLAUS LOVE HIM N MAKE HIM WELL HE DESERVES THE BEST N LOVE FOOD CLOTHS TREES ECT GOD BLESS YU ALL KEEP US UP TO DATE

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  4. Darla
    Darla says:

    I agree that dumping him at the shelter was better than in the woods or along the highway or leaving chained in a backyard until he dies BUT why didn’t they wait until the shelter was OPEN??? It’s a cowardly thing to do, dumping in the middle of the night, no matter where it’s being done. What a good boy, to wait patiently in the box. I hope he can find a REAL home soon.

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  5. Barkley's Mom
    Barkley's Mom says:

    May be dumping the poor little Claus was better than leaving him in the woods but what if he had gotten out of the box? Goodness knows what could have happened to him. There is no excuse for such heartlessness!

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