The ASPCA Auckland is appealing to the public for information about a Jack Russell terrier found running around stores located near Uxbridge in Howick. A Good Samaritan found the small white dog wearing a green collar with a tag and an attached note:
“Hi my name is Roxy my owner can’t look after me can you?”
The sweet dog was brought to the ASPCA who have since reached out to the neighborhood hoping someone recognizes her. Any information received will be treated as confidential.
“We understand that circumstances can change for pet owners, and that sometimes families are in a position where they genuinely can’t care for their animals anymore – we want you to know there is always another option and people who can help. Abandoning an animal like this is an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 1999. There is useful advice on our website about rehoming your pet here: spcaauckland.org.nz/help-and-advice/rehomingyourpet/.”
Abandoning an animal is an offense under the Animal Welfare Act 1999.
Social media users on the organization’s Facebook page defended the owner, believing it had likely been an elderly person who felt they had no other option:
“SPCA AUCKLAND We agree Julie and completely understand that sometimes people can be faced with situations where it feels like there are no other options. We want people to know that they should never feel like their only resort is abandoning an animal – there is always help and other avenues to take.”
In a followup post, someone posted the “owner loves her dog and has been missing her and had no idea about name tag. I think someone has played a very cruel prank on both the owner and poor Roxy. From what I understand the owner is getting in touch with SPCA about getting Roxy back where she belongs.”