Max's family gave him up when he needed them the most

Surrendered when he needed family the most and the devastating end for Max

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Recently, a beautiful German shepherd named Max was given up by his family…his people cited “allergies” as the reason that they could no longer care for their companion. Tragically, more was behind the surrender.

Max was quiet and depressed when he first joined the German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County – initially, rescuers believed that it was sadness which was impacting the dog who no longer had his family. But after three days of despondent behavior and no eating, Max was taken to a veterinarian.

An exam revealed that Max had a bowel obstruction…in addition to double ear infections. Suffice to say, Max was miserable. Max was scheduled for emergency surgery and during the procedure, a completely intact Beanie Baby was discovered.

Sadly, there would be no happily-ever-after for Max…after initially showing improvement, Max died. Maria Dales, Director of the rescue agency, shared the devastating news on Friday morning:

 Max did not make it. He was improving, but this morning he expired at the vet despite our heroic efforts. This dog lost his life due to his owner’s severe neglect. We are all devastated. The vet suspects that the pancreas just failed completely. The intestines were so damaged from the blockage that he couldn’t pull through.

Rest in peace Max.

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21 replies
  1. Cynthia Como says:

    OMG! So heartbreaking! Society is over run with nasty,POS humans! Poor,poor dog,dead tbecause of a POS human! RIP MAX

  2. Mary Ann Clark says:

    They should publish the names of Max’s owners and make it so they can never ever have any contact with animals for the rest of their lives!


    I don’t know how you can just surrender your baby. Karma is a bitch, you know. And for this person to just give up, you should not even bother having a pet to begin with if your intention isn’t for better or for worst.

  4. Pamela Garlisch says:

    OMG! Max, I am so sorry that we humans failed you after you trusted us so much. Your guardians should be brought up on charges. RIP Max.

  5. Elaine Briden says:

    Ignorant fucking misfit owners. Why do people have pets if they don’t treat them with the utmost respect and care. Just as if your kid was not feeling well you would hopefully take them to the Dr. Pets can’t tell you whats wrong, you have to just look after them. Makes me so angry ????????????????????. I hope that family Has a tragedy .

  6. Barkley's Mom says:

    Rest in peace Max, thank you German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County for doing all you could for this precious soul.

  7. Adrienne says:

    Rest in Peace Max. Sorry excuse for owners who couldn’t even prevent something like this from happening to Max. At least they could have mentioned how lethargic he was.

  8. Sherry says:

    It’s a shame people discard their animals this way. That had to realize he needed medical attention. Sorry Max that people failed you.

  9. Donna Hawkins says:

    That poor dog suffered terribly! That family knew he was sick and did nothing for him! Meanwhile he probably had an infection and dying guts ! They should be charged with negligence!!

  10. Solveig Pettersson says:

    So very very sorry! !! RIP Max ???????????? why his owner dont take care of him? ?? Shame on you !!!

  11. Daniel Clarkson says:

    The heartless, lying owners should be charged over this serious case of abuse. Max deserved much better from the useless pieces of trash that he gave his love to. They failed him, end of story.

  12. Bunny Peters says:

    RIP Max ……. glad you knew unconditional love before you died……. so sorry your “original” humans failed you (they are going to burn in Hell forever for their cruelty to you)……..

  13. Bob Newman says:

    I am not placing blame – other than to the owners – but don’t rescues automatically have a dog examined? There might have been a chance an obstruction was felt?


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