Elderly dog surrendered when owners moved

Owner moved – left arthritic, elderly dog at animal control

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How could you? How could you bring your elderly, arthritic dog who has a hard time walking, into a busy, high traffic animal control agency where he might be put down? How could you decide to move and leave your family member behind?

These questions and more are plaguing animal lovers who are hoping against hope that 13-year-old “Blacky” will be saved before the unthinkable happens. Blacky, a senior Labrador retriever mix, was left by his family at the Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control.

According to staff, the following information is known about this senior dog:

His owners stated he was kept primarily outdoors, is partially housebroken, is disinterested in small children, good in the car and on a leash, does not try to escape, and is low energy. It was not known how he is with other animals. He was surrendered because the owner was moving. “Blacky” does have trouble walking and his owners stated he has bad arthritis.


He is available now on a health waiver and it is recommended that the adopter take him to the vet for bloodwork and X-rays (pelvic with stifles).

Blacky has until the end of day Friday (October 6) to be saved or his life will end at this animal control agency.

Blacky is at Palmdale Animal Care Center – ‘BLACKY’ ID #A4544000

Animal control contact: Sgt. Connor Johnson CJohnson@animalcare.lacounty.gov – Central Networking Contact: Cheryl Kendall 4paw1@att.net

Facebook thread here.

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10 replies
  1. Nancy Raymond says:

    Sweet Jesus – these so called ‘owners’ are despicable – to dump an older dog which has little chance of adoption because you are ‘moving’ makes me want to puke. I truly hope your move turns into a giant nightmare. Your cruelty and callousness towards Blackie is deplorable and may you pay dearly for your cruel actions. Blackie deserved much better than to have these scumsucks as owners. Rot in hell.

  2. Barbara Cordon says:

    What an asshole pos owner! When your family member needs you the most you abandoned him. Shame on you! He never would have abandoned you! I hate people who do this. They should be on a list never to be able to adopt a pet ever again! I am so sick of hearing people dispose of their pets like trash! They are disgusting!

  3. Adrienne says:

    I hope the same thing happens to this poor elderly dog’s owner. May you have excruciating pain the remainder of your life with each day being worse than the day before, and no one helps you. Disgusting piece of garbage. Please foster or adopt this dog so his remaining years can be filled with those you love him.

  4. Tracy Whitcomb says:

    HOW COULD THEY!!!! This is HORRIBLE!!! They need to be charged with this abuse!!!! This is HORRIBLE!!! I hope that poor old man gets to find a loving home for the amount of time he has left!!!! PLEASE SAVE HIM!!!

  5. Darla says:

    I have a 14 year old Yellow Lab who has dementia. She poops in the house several times a week; she gets disoriented in the fenced backyard and I have to go out and get her – she sometimes runs from me when I do that. She also has mobility issues; I just ordered some dog traction boots that arrived in today’s mail that I’ll be trying to get her to wear.

    I pray Blacky can be pulled by a senior rescue and can have some quality time before he goes to the Bridge. POS owners need to rot in Hell – I highly doubt they’re moving….it’s just an excuse.

  6. Barkley's Mom says:

    I am dealing with a 12 year old German Shepherd that has his days of not getting around so well anymore and sometimes has accidents in the house, but the thought of doing this to him makes me sick! He has been my faithful boy since he was 11 weeks old and he would NEVER give up on me so I will never give up on him and I will be there until he can’t go anymore! People that have pets and move somewhere using the excuse they “can’t” take them with them are despicable! I hope they never have happiness again, they don’t deserve it having left their “best” friend to die alone in a kill shelter!


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