Heartbroken rescuer pens open letter to owner of struggling dog in ditch

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On Wednesday, near Gray Court, South Carolina a rescuer received a call about a struggling dog desperately trying to walk along the side of a busy country road. The dog’s condition was shocking; not only was he emaciated, but his eyes were so infected, it was doubtful he could even see – yet he continued to stumble down the road. Who can even imagine where he was headed or how he even had the strength to continue?

Rushed to an emergency veterinarian, the dog dubbed Journey by his rescuers, has been diagnosed with kidney failure, severe infections, intestinal worms, undernourishment and severe dehydration. Estimated to be 10-years-old, Journey’s eyes are sunken in, and it is unknown if he will regain his sight.


Odds seem to be against him in his fight to survive, but he wants to live. He has been administered intravenous fluids, antibiotics, vitamins and life sustaining medications and supplements. He is currently being cared for by his rescuer – 24/7.

On social media, the dog’s rescuer, Audra Root penned an open letter to Journey’s owner. It began:

“I could not believe what I was looking at as I approached the ditch I’m for sure your dog laid down to die in. A fairly busy road I’m sure you other cold hearted people witnessed him struggling to walk, with only bones showing, no vision but a fight to live more then I’ve ever seen before. His fight was leaving his old worn body as you probably sat with a full meal and no regard to the life you allowed to suffer. No part of my being can understand such disregard for life. I’m not a cruel person but I hope one day you find yourself alone, homeless with no food or no one.”

Journey’s condition was heartbreaking:

 “Then maybe you can feel an ounce of the suffering you brought this old soul. Thanks to you his kidneys are failing to a degree we’re unsure he can come back from, but I’m fighting like hell because you didn’t. Infection raging his already deteriorated body, worms eating his insides, his eyes sunk into the back of his skull that have to be flushed all day. He does not even have the strength to eat. He can’t walk without wobbling and laying down. I hope I never cross your path but I hope you cross the path of another cruel person. I firmly believe we reap what we sow.”

No matter how cruel Journey’s owners may have been, there’s still hope:

“As I carry your dog’s old body, syringe feed him and give him love my anger deepens yet so does my fight for him. Other people came together for an animal they never met. But you couldn’t even give him the decency to find help for an animal you were supposed to love. I hope you see his face and can’t sleep but I bet you won’t, you saw his face and did NOTHING. The pit of hell isn’t even good enough for you.”

(edited only for clarity)

Follow Journey’s progress here.

More information is available here.

(Photos of struggling dog in ditch via Audra Root)

Donations can be called into Dr. Wade Hampton 864.244.1658 orPayPal skittle462001@yahoo.com.

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14 replies
  1. Barkley's Mom says:

    Praying for Journey and for some sort of justice for this precious dog! Whoever allowed this to happen doesn’t deserve to exist! May God bless you Audra Root, there is a special place in heaven for you.

    • Bunny Peters says:

      Agree with you.

      There is a special place for the POS former owners in Hell where they will burn forever for their cruelty……

      Hope they get there ASAP, after dying alone, in horrible pain and afraid……. the same type of death they intended for this senior treasure (who deserves to be in a loving furever home where he will be a beloved and treasured family member)…….

      • Nancy Raymond says:

        Yes, there is a special place for the maggot shit that neglected and abused this poor dog – I only wish I could give them that special place – it would be a pleasure to give them exactly what they gave that poor dog – NO MERCY!

  2. Adrienne says:

    That special place in hell for people like this is expanding as the cruelty towards animals increases. How hard would it have been to take this dog to a shelter and say you found this dog on the side of the road without having to say you are his owner. So many people dump their dogs in shelters every day and just say the dog is a stray and they just found in. No questions asked by the shelters, and at least you would know maybe your dog would have been treated. But, non human people like you, have no caring for anything other than yourself. I pray you are found, arrested and go to jail where the inmates take care of you the way our laws don’t allow us to do. An eye for an eye for this dog. Hope you pulls through and at least can have a few years in a loving home.

  3. Helen says:

    I pray for Journey’s recovery. It broke my heart that so many people saw this poor dog struggling to survive and nobody had the compassion to stop and help Journey. At least one bypasser had the decency to contact a rescuer. Journey’s owner should take a good look at what he/she did to this precious pup, and I hope the image will haunt you for the rest of your worthless life, and I hope one day Journey’s condition will visit upon you and no one will help.

  4. vicki hood says:

    Journey is special as is Audra Root, his savior supreme. Very touching. Karma notices and acts. Rewards are many for such a beautiful person who in and out shows kindness and love for innocents. . Journey, Love you.

  5. Cynthia Como says:

    Looking at this poor soul took my breath away and I cried,I have NEVER, EVER seen an eye infection on a dog that bad,EVER! The kidney failure is very bad,it cannot be reversed but can be stabilized! Kidney failure is the most common cause of death in older dogs,I’ve done the research because of a little dog I love dearly is afflicted with it. Journey’s story of needless suffering is another case of horror that will haunt me,just like the story of BoBo! Oh Journey I will be praying for u sweet baby!!!❤️

  6. Susan M. Bissell says:

    I don’t know how people can drive by an animal in distress, what are they thinking??? Not my problem got to get to work I can’t stop to help maybe someone else will, who cares-it just some skinny old dog, etc!!! I could never do that to any animal I see by the side of the road I always STOP! My sister told me once about a small dog running through a busy intersection, early one morning, she and no one else stopped to help this scared dog they all had to get to work! I told her you always leave early for work you could have picked up the dog and left it at the 7-11 for them to call animal control instead of letting it get hit or killed at that intersection, wouldn’t you want someone to do that for your dog?!?! I have noticed a lot with the younger generation they are too busy to care or to get involved, where is the milk of human kindness going?

    • Bunny Peters says:

      I agree with you. It’s absolutely fantastic to save a life vs. totally heartbreaking to see a life ended because nobody cared enough to help…..

  7. Alan says:

    I am so thankful that there are people like Audra to help these precious souls. I so much hope that daer Journey, has a few more happy years in store. Bless him and Audra,

  8. Alisa clark says:

    Journey my thoughts and prayers are with you. ???? I don’t know who or why someone would let you get into this state and not seek help you did not deserve this god bless you and your rescurer. And god bless the the vets and techs that are working to make you feel better

  9. Michael Coulter says:

    There truly are people who don’t deserve to continue contaminating our atmosphere, consuming oxygen that is needed to sustain life.

    Whoever neglected this poor old soul is one of those, and nothing would make me happier to hear that this piece of human garbage was identified by finding his/her rotting corpse!

    May the rest of your time on Earth be happy and healthy, Journey.

    I wish nothing but the best for you, baby.

    I love you, even though we’ve never met.

  10. Julie Ann Enos says:

    Your letter said it perfectly. It is bad enough the owners neglected him but how could other people walk by and do nothing. They ought to be ashamed of themselves I pray there nights are sleepless.


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