Owner in tears as he surrenders 15-year-old cocker spaniel

A 15-year-old cocker spaniel, named Charlie, lies in his shelter cage wondering why he isn’t home with his family. On April 22, Charlie’s owner surrendered him to the Carson Animal Care Center because he was no longer able to handle the responsibility of caring for his dog. Volunteers at the shelter saw the owner in tears as he bid goodbye to the dog he spent his life with for the past five years.

Pet Harbor listing here:  “My name is CHARLIE and I’m an approximately 15 year old male Cocker Spaniel. I am already neutered. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 4/22. I will be available on 4/22. You can visit me at my temporary home at C414. My former family who owned me for more than 5 years had to give me up because they just weren’t up for the responsibility of a pet. But they said that I spend most of my time indoors. I seem to be good with small children. I am house trained. I am good on a leash. I am just learning obedience skills. I seem to get along well with dogs and cats.” A Facebook page for Charlies can be followed here. Additional information can be found here.

Please share Charlie’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

Carson Shelter, Gardena, California is located at 216 Victoria Street, Gardena, California. Call 310.523.9566.

(Photo and video for 15-year-old cocker spaniel )

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46 replies
  1. Mary says:

    There has to be some rescue group out there that can take Charlie, if a family cannot be found for adoption. Please, don’t euthanize.

    • Vicki Kelley says:

      Sin? Judgemental much? Perhaps the man was elderly and unable to care for the dog, due to health issues. He may have turned the dog in because it was in the best interest of the dog – if his owner was unable to provide proper care.

      • ellen cottone says:

        Snow Job much, Vicki?
        Wishful thinkig much?? Turning an elderly dog to a high kill facility is notouriously the worst intrest of the dog.
        Just pointing out the simple truth.
        in a simple acurate assesment of the moment. The sin of abandonment. What do you call it?
        Oh!! Yea, right,
        You call it a favor.

    • pennysdachshund says:

      Good God Ellen , Who Put you at the Right hand of Christ to make those Kind of Judgmental and downright Nasty comments about someone you have never seen, or spoken to! Not that is about as UNCHRISTIAN as one can get . I am not being nasty to you , just honest, here… Look deep into YOUR OWN SOUL and Answer that Question for YOUR self… We all have committed sins in our lives ( believe it ! you too). Now if your are the Christian you claim to be you would ask for forgiveness for having unpure thoughts about someone you know nothing of…

      • Debbie says:

        Not clear on why we always find excuses on why it’s ok to give up on our four-legged family members.
        Ellen was right on, turning an elderly dog, any dog for that matter, to a high kill facility is never in the best interest of the dog .
        There are always other options but people are too lazy to look for them. Disposing of an animal is much easier than honoring the commitment. I’ve been in rescue for 15 years and I have heard the story so many times before.

      • ellen cottone says:

        Its my first thought when I read how he felt. I dont owe you an explination on how something made ME feel. who the hell are you to evan comment on my reply? What the hell is it to you? dont ever try to censur me better then You have tried . The trouble with you is your trigger happy . Your nasty old and a crab always looking for a fight cause your miserably. You mind your own fuckin business.
        get this,
        I will do and say as i please. you are the only person who fights with people here. your unhindged and you lack the understand chip that most 5yr olds have and most people at Pet Rescue Report were born with.
        And screw you with your christian bull shit. that is really sad and annoying.
        go look at your self in the mirror and ask your self.How many ways can I make the world better today…
        By shutting the fuck up!
        Go, Go , Gooo Penny D.

      • ellen cottone says:

        I dont wast time on something or someone i will never know.
        I comment on the act. and I speak a simple truth.
        nowhere do I make a judgment those were kellys misjudgment of my comment.
        Alot of you angrey peeps have reading comp. problems. it seems to set your anger off and blinds you from simple understanding.

  2. Barkley's Mom says:

    I shared this dog when Penny Eims wrote about Charlie on 4/23. Saying the owner was in tears doesn’t make this any different I wrote on 4/23 “Really? “It took them 5 years to figure out they weren’t up for the responsibility of ownership of a dog? From the sounds of this dog, he doesn’t require much care to begin with. Feed him, let him out once in a while how hard can that be? So here we have another owner surrender to “Carson” don’t these people know that owner surrenders are the first to be put down? Or do they even care! I will be sharing this poor dog, don’t know how much good it will do since I’m on the east coast but I am so sick of seeing these precious old dogs dumped like this! I don’t want to read any excuses for these POS owners either, there is NO excuse for this!” is what I wrote then and I stand by it.. What does “no longer able to handle the responsibility of caring for his dog” mean anyway. I have 4 dogs, am retired, live on a fixed income and somehow I seem to be able to handle the “responsibility” and two of them are are 11 and 12 years old. I pray for Charlie, why they couldn’t keep the poor old guy until he goes to the Rainbow Bridge I just cant fathom!

    • pennysdachshund says:

      Only my thoughts, but maybe this older gentleman can’t care for HIMSELF anymore let alone the dog he appears to love…. he may have the beginnings of dementia, a terminal illness, have to move from his home into assisted living facility.. or in with a family member… who doesn’t want to or can’t have a pet…. my gut feeling is that this person doesn’t want to give up his dog , but in all sincerity has to …. Life is not always kind!!! He may also have no idea that Carson is a high kill shelter, but that it was close to where he lived… We all tend to be cynical at times in our lives, but at times there REALLY is a valid Reason WHY someone HONESTLY CAN”T FULLFILL the task of caring for a little animal… REMEMBER last winter the little dog that was shut in a woman’s spare room and died of starvation, because she “forgot it was there, and her so called “loving family” hardly ever checked on her… she had dementia…. I have felt bad about this post and wish I were closer, so I could get the little guy and convince my dachshunds that this little guy was a rare dachshund…..!!! This is the health care/ nurse inner self speaking as to what another alternative could be to this story…

      • Barkley's Mom says:

        This is the same dog that Penny Eims posted about on 4/23. There was no mention of a “tearful” goodbye then and now all of a sudden there is. I am tired of people abandoning elderly dogs. I have a GSD going on 12 and he is getting feeble in the back end, obstinate, having accidents, at the Vet’s every other week for something and draining my IRA but so be it. I will be 69 in June and not as able bodied as I used to be either, if my 90lb boy ever collapses on me I don’t know how I will get him in the car and to the vets. When I read these things I can’t fathom any excuse justifying a 15 year old dog being dropped off at a kill shelter because “he was no longer able to handle the responsibility”. Call me heartless, I don’t care anymore what anyone thinks of me. I guess it is best to just not comment on these things anymore.

      • Debbie says:

        I’m sorry but I disagree. I’m in my 60s, no children just my dogs. When I got them I knew I was making a 10 to 15 year commitment. Even though I’m in good health, I have a back up plan for all four of my dogs in the event something happens to me. A high kill shelter is not in my back up plan and neither is euthanasia .

    • linda says:

      I also don’t understand the owners’ excuse for dumping their dogs because they can no longer care for them. I am 62 with emphysema and never would I give up my dogs and cats.

    • pennysdachshund says:

      I too am 68 years old and on social security and a small retirement. as I own my home and property. I pay more in a year than most people who rent. As we have spoken we don’t go out of town overnight because of our pets large and small. they too are our responsibility , but what the hell , if I became seriously ill and couldn’t care for all of them , and my husband was deceased as I imagine is the case with this man. if he was given a prognosis of 3-4 month’s to live, exactly what is he supposed to do with his little companion if family members are unwilling to take him…. NO one has given an explanation. Alzheimer’s , Lou Gerings, No everyone just tosses their pets away without a damn good reason, and as a LAST DITCH Effort!! there are a lot of Maria’s in the world , but not Everyone of us is a complete Asshole…I profoundly being a non-vocal spiritual person, can’t see a man crying that doesn’t sincerely care for his pet….

      • Barkley's Mom says:

        Did I miss the part where he only has 3 to 4 months to live? Anyone who has a pet relying on them needs to have a plan if they can no longer take care of them. I have my daughters and my sister who will step up for mine and if all else fails our animal shelter will take them as they are a “no kill” and find them new homes (I know the director well)’

    • pennysdachshund says:

      NO! I was the one who said “Perhaps” he only has 3-4 months to we. WE have not been provided that information.. YOU are very fortunate you Have Children to take your pets. WE do not so that is why I get concerned .. Our only option is the shelter here(low kill) they Kill older and hard to place pets… scroll up and read our friend ellen cottone. she is the master of disguise, and she most certainly doesn’t fit the Pious Person as her posts… have a good day..

      • ellen cottone says:

        here you are even further wasting time with ya nonsense. see the confusion and koas you make with your stupin nonsense. bringing your what if dribble.
        curly languishes on death row. but keep up with ya crazy stupid. fantasy work.
        Its a good thing i dont fit the pious person of your posts penny dribble.
        I dont hide behind anything.thats why your so confused.

      • Barkley's Mom says:

        Time will tell how responsible my family will be should they have to take on my pets. I don’t really trust anyone with them so hopefully I will out live them.

      • pennysdachshund says:

        This is something on my mind daily !! our vet is 86 and still practices. but I have a backup vet and she is only 54 and also has had two of our rescue dachshunds, she does our horse work… I am going to make a point to speak to her this next week, and see if she would oversee “our remaining pets” when our time comes…. have a good weekend… we are with 14 inches of fresh and very wet snow in 2 days WOW …

  3. Pennysdachshund says:

    Have a little compassion HERE CARSON!!! If I didn’t live 1500 miles away I would most certainly step up to the plate…. Charlie nor his owner are at fault here Give a rescue or a sane person out there in YOUR dysfunctional State a chance to let Charlie live his full life….

  4. David Thomas says:

    That pet listing makes it sound like the owner is a jerk. NOT every pet surrender is due to an irresponsible owner. Sometimes things in life happen that force an owner to give up their pet.

    • pennysdachshund says:

      This is also my thoughts on the matter!!! Men for the most part a very stoic and don’t cry in public.. ( the macho syndrome)I somehow have the inner feeling there is a medical issue with this gentleman that will prevent him from keeping and caring properly for his pet… he may even be terminal. or have to move in with family for assistance or give up his home and go to a long term facility… I just have the feeling it was gut wrenching decision he made… and not knowing Carson is a High Kill and surrender and they sure as hell don’t tell people that fact… I just hope that someone will help Charlie… Years ago I took a golden cocker male Thumper under the same circumstances from rescue for my Uncle and his wife, as they lost their miniature cocker black Spook !!! they were devastated… I saw the joy in their eyes and when my Uncle got cancer of the throat, and jaw he spent weeks in the VA hospital in Cheyenne… my Aunt had Thumper for 6 more years after my Uncle died… he was wonderful company for her… and he passed just 6 months before her sudden death… I hope for the best for this little guy…. and also the little man that surrendered him as he was in emotional pain himself… You David have a kind heart.

  5. Elaine says:

    ????????????????????????????????why didn’t these people realize that 5 yrs ago when he was 10…i realize ot was hard for them, but come on i have 3 little dogs and i made a commitment to them when i got them it would be till death do us part

  6. debor33 says:

    Come on Carson, you know who to network this precious Charlie……Don’t let him Die….he deserves to live his life out and when it’s time for him to go, he goes out on his own terms and crosses the rainbow bridge and will never ever have to suffer or worry again.

  7. Sharp says:

    There is a cocker spaniel rescue group.
    Look them up, call them, get him out of the shelter.

    Bath and grooming would really help.

  8. Virginia Brown says:

    I want to think the owners found themselves financially destitute, as terrible as that may sound. These seniors shouldn’t end up at a kill shelter. One good thing, CA has great rescue groups! Cocker Spaniel rescues as well as senior rescues. If i didn’t live 3000 miles away, I’d foster the sweet boy until one could take him. Surely there’s a CA family who could foster? This guy sounds like a perfect dog for a foster family! Then, hopefully, a good forever home!

  9. eleanor higginbotham says:

    good boy, Charlie, you are tired, try and rest. thank you for giving him a soft bed. frosted faces, please help.

  10. Susan Maranda says:

    I wish I could find a home for sweet old Charlie but I too live in the East Coast. I pray that a Senior Rescue group or a Very Loving family will rescue Charlie. Praying for acFur Baby Rescue Miracle ????????

  11. Barbara Cordon says:

    I think there needs to be more help in the community to help this person keep his dog. There needs to be programs to help seniors or people with medical problems that give them the help to be able to keep their pets. It could be like meal on wheels program. People going around to different peoples homes helping With taking care of the pets. If it a financial reason then some type of program needs to be put in place just like they have programs for low cost and free neutering and spaying for people who qualify. And lastly the workers at the highl kill shelters need to tell people that their pets have little chance of adoption and will be the fiirst ones to be euthanized. Maybe if they here that it might change their mind about surrendering the pet.

    • pennysdachshund says:

      I most certainly AGREE with all your points: I would gladly give time to assist a couple in our area in doing that.. one could drive in and take them out, assist with bedding, food, love and pets… I know how much of a difference being able to hold your little one and cuddle makes a difference… I know in my heart that most older people really don’t want to do this and want to keep their pet but knuckle under pressure of their family members… I worked in a nursing home for 5 years nights and I took my Mr. Pickle on the nights I worked from t0 to 6 … he did rounds just like a little case worker, and the residents just loved him…. one lady names liz was an old nurse and he would go in and sleep on her bed… she had Dachshunds all her life, her family was fine with it…. and now her son who is 71 has four rescue dachshunds we had gotten the live like Kings and a Queen we keep in touch all the time….

      • ellen cottone says:

        tell your confessions to a catholic priest if you need to unburden your heavy soal penny. You dont have to be catholic, you can be one of those phoney ones.
        if its forgiving your begging for then you should get right to the nitty gritty and ask fogivness from God instead of wrongfully painting your self as a good, kind thoughtful decent person.
        Because lies are what makes confession invalid, Dont run out of time before you run In to salvation.
        Just one of my telling unsolicited thoughts felt compelled to share.Hoping your feeling powerless.

  12. Sheri says:

    OMG!!! TEARS???????? Poor CHARLIE???? he can barely breathe,, so terrified….. Please help this senior, he doesn’t deserve to die this way,,, regardless if how or why he ended up here!!! Sharing CHARLIE????

    • debor33 says:

      Sheri, how do you know he is safe….poor sweet baby….I have been really worried for him.Do you have him or do you know who has him……please share with me.

  13. ellen cottone says:

    15 year old house dog cries when owner, Not having explored Every alternative Dumps house pet to high kill shelter.
    Thats the story.

    With kill quotas to meet and a shortage of beds and in the mitts of a 100 other dogs wailing in agony of loss , seperation and the ultimate betrayal. To be dumped like a piece of shit at a dog kill hospital.As your spinning your bull shit fantasy as to why. you dont know enough to grant this person forgivness. and who said they were old what if it was a 40 yr old whos new wife hated the dog for no reason.
    you in your stupid endless bull shit about some pityful life change as a good reason for dumping an animal.
    dont wast your breath.the only truth you know is this.
    a lously bad person put a house pet in jepardy. ya dink you.
    The agony of abandoment! This is this storys only truth.
    this is in the moment.
    This is ultimate this dog Truth.
    So dont give me any of your Bull shit. maybe there was some Nobel Reason. Your spinning fantasy and not serving justice. there aint a reason in the world to put any animal in this HOPELESS and AGONIZING horrable place. Do not tell me how old people feel about there late in life companions. But most of all do not inany way justify this or anyperson who could do this to an animal. Wake up Fool.save your pity for the animals and stop makeing senerios based on Nothing in the report but your crazy stupid head. and stop Proliferating animal dumping at high kill shelters with your stupid ilogic nonsense.

  14. Cynthia Como says:

    This man had other options,there are rescues out there and there is always the option of re homing his pet. The whole situation is heartbreaking! I’m amazed that the killing factory that calls themselves Carson Animal Care Center did not kill this fur baby in the first 24 hours of his arrival! I will always feel that no matter what a persons situation is that dictates having to give up a pet a kill shelter is NOT the solution! I will always be on the side of the dog who has no way to save itself and no choice in what is to become of him! I’m praying this sweetheart is rescued!

  15. Denise says:

    Frosted faces please take a look at Charlie and see if you can make room for him. This is no place to end your life! Elderly animals are not as sharp as they used to be but he understands that he has been abandoned, please find room in your hearts! Thank you!


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