At the Harris County Animal Shelter, the heartless family of a frightened Labrador retriever tied a rope around her neck and legs and dragged her into the shelter. The “family,” still in their slippers, yelled at their terrified dog named Maya – angry and impatient that she wasn’t walking into the high kill shelter willingly. And they yelled her name twice “Maya, Maya” as if that was to encourage the panicky pet to summarily obey. Her tail tucked tightly between her legs, her eyes wide with fright – her owners continued to drag her into the shelter. Not a tear was shed; the family’s little boy; not only a witness to the heartless act, but also a young participant pushing Maya as she tried to hold her ground and resist.
And all of this was caught on video:
“We watched the video yesterday as this was happening and we just lost it,” Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC explained on the group’s Facebook page just one day after Maya’s terrible ordeal. “We were so disgusted at Maya’s family, who didn’t even look back and even care that Maya was losing everything. They actually pushed her into the shelter as she resisted. At least have some type of compassion about surrendering your dog.”
On Thursday afternoon, Maya was freed! She is now safe and at the rescue’s Houston veterinary partner. She will need to be spayed, vaccinated, and treated for heart worms (positive reading). Maya is a two-year-old Labrador retriever mix, is good with other dogs and has lived with children. At this time however, Maya is described as extremely stressed, sad, fearful and depressed. Who can blame her?
Many thanks to Leslie who advocated for Maya and Carol who transported her out of the shelter. You are heroes. If you missed the video, scroll down to view. (Photos of the terrified dog Maya courtesy of Leslie, Carol and Rescue Dogs Rock NYC.
Read her previous story here.
To help Maya, PayPal: Donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org or www.rescuedogsrocknyc.org/donate/ or mail: RDR NYC PO BOX 101 NY NY 10028