Heartbreaking: Abandoned senior reaches out to volunteer for reassuring hug

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Near Orlando, Florida, a 12-year-old abandoned senior doesn’t want to die. On Sunday, Orange County Animal Services named him Leon, but a “rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” When shelter volunteer, Cris Ferreira Reed met him, her heart broke as the lonely dog reached out for a reassuring hug. And for a frozen moment in time, bonding with this neglected dog unraveled a bit of his story:

“This guy is 12 yrs old. He has no name yet, but I’ve been calling him “GRAYSON”. He has had a rough life and his skin needs some severe TLC. He also has no teeth; like many seniors he doesn’t hear well, walks slow and seemed not to care about me, so I hugged him… And suddenly, he hugged me back. He buried his face on me and enjoyed the kindness. He is also good with all dogs. Please help me share him for a home to spend his last days.”

Click here for this boy’s adoption listing. Animal ID: A375382    Room No.: WD71  “Hi, the Shelter named me Leon. I am an approximately 12 year old brown and tan male.  I have not been tested for heartworms. I weigh approximately 52 pounds. I have been at Orange County Animal Services since Friday, April 21, 2017. If you are looking for me, please come to Orange County Animal Services at 2769 Conroy Rd., Orlando, FL. The phone number is (407)836-3111.” A Facebook page for this senior can be followed here.

As to the dog’s medical records available, please note the following:

“Meet Leon! This cutie is in need of rescue due to age and medical: “Skin/Coat: hair loss and warts all thru head and trunk/body Location/Type of wounds/hairloss (if applicable): Ambulation: gait abnormality rear legs due to arthritis Elimination:No Additional observations: Bilateral cataracts but animal can still see well Assessment: Old arthritic dog Recommendation(s): Rx Rimadyl 100 mg bID for 5 days, and posible an outcome when time is up” “Additional observations: scratching at intrascapular area Assessment: reported fleas Recommendation: request Activyl with kennel. LH/DVM” Please let us know if anyone can take him!”

It continues to sadden advocates when dogs, when at the time in their lives need their families the most, they are abandoned or surrendered, but be the person who can make a difference. Whether Leon has one week, one year or more, he deserves better. Share his plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

(Photos of dog who reached out for reassuring hug courtesy of Orange County Animal Services and Chris Ferreira Reed.)

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16 replies
  1. Nancy Raymond says:

    Anyone who would dump a 12 year old animal needs a major dose of street justice – this is so cruel and heartless. I hope whoever did this gets a dose of their own medicine. PLEASE someone in the Orlando Florida step up and give Leon the safe loving home he obviously never had – he deserves to spend his last years being loved.

  2. LESLIE says:

    OMG this boy is adorable. …does anyone have an idea of how to get hom to me on Long Island. I love the seniors amazing babies to live with.

  3. Elaine says:

    Aawwhhh this sweetheart deserves a loving home….i wish i lived closer….he looks so sad, doesn’t deserve to die because of heartless humans.

  4. Star Shelley (@shelleystar2) says:

    How sad is this, what is wrong with humans that have no commitment for their senior dogs. Leaving this poor baby just to be killed if nobody rescues him. Praying to our lord for a miracle to save him. Hope who ever own him, has nightmares for the rest of their lives and habed no peace in their hearts mind and soul

  5. Helen says:

    Very sad. Senior dogs are special and we should celebrate their lives, not abandon them. Shame on the owner. Please don’t let this dog die!

  6. Rev. Dr. Yvonne Ray says:

    Owner surrendered pets are generally the first to be euthanized in these kill shelters! People like this owner make me sick.


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