Senior dog surrendered for being too old

Family surrendered 14-year-old dog for being ‘too old’

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Update 8/15/18: Pepper has been adopted! Thanks to everyone who helped network his adoption information!

A 14-year-old dog, firmly in the twilight of his life, is behind bars at a busy animal control agency in California because his family decided that he is “too old.” Pepper, a flat-coated retriever, was surrendered by his family on August 10.

Information about this senior dog

On August 11, United Hope for Animals wrote:

Pepper is an endearing 14-year-old black neutered male Flat Coated Retriever whose former owner left him at the Baldwin Park Animal Care Center because they felt he was too old. Weighing 49 lbs, Pepper’s situation breaks our hearts.

Based on Pepper’s identification number, it is known that he was adopted from a Los Angeles County animal shelter when he was much younger – United Hope for Animals has stated that Pepper has not been well cared for. Today, at 14 years of age, he is suffering from “significant” arthritis.

Helping this old dog

Pepper is a sweet old dog who needs to be pampered and loved for the remainder of his life – United Hope for Animals wrote:

He needs a compassionate rescue or adopter to get him veterinary care. Per Pepper’s former owners, he gets along well with kids and other dogs, and we see nothing but sweetness in this old dog. Pepper will be a rewarding companion to the caring person or rescue who steps up to make the sunset of his life the best yet.

Networking saves lives – please share this article on all of your social networking sites to help find Pepper a rescue group or adopter.

For more information on this pet, contact volunteer UHA adoption coordinator Sandra at 323-350-7207 or

Petharbor link here.

For more information about this animal, call:
Los Angeles County Animal Control – Baldwin Park at (626) 962-3577
Ask for information about animal ID number A3738891

Video of Pepper

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12 replies
  1. slv says:

    I will never understand how anyone could run out on a dog who’s been a faithful lifelong companion. I don’t care what disease or illness he has, that’s still no excuse. Pepper should be with his family to the end. I pray that this old gentleman finds someone who will love him unconditionally till its his time to cross the rainbow’s bridge.

  2. SueBiss says:

    I think people drop old dogs off at a shelter because they can’t bring themselves to have them put down so they leave it up to the shelter to do it. I myself would NEVER to that to my old dog. I had to put our old dog Peco down at 14 years 4 months. I cried like a baby at the vet’s outside in the parking lot with my son he was my son’s dog. (But you know as a mom you are the one who takes care of them all the time). I will never be that heartless to leave my old dog at a shelter, he is mine to the end of his/her life. I will have my two other dogs cremated and buried with me with when I finally leave this earth. They can mix all our ashes together and put us together forever.

  3. Marsha Squibb says:

    GDamn!!!!! I hate people! You F-ing pieces of shit…I hope you are deserted by your family and friends when you are old,and.pray you DIE ALONE and in horrible PAIN!!!!!!! Karma is a bitch you bastards!!!!

  4. Star Shelley says:

    Sharing for the life and care of this precious soul, how sad that owners have to take them to kill shelter because they are to old. Is this what they do to their seniors , get rid of them because they are also to old. Wow! Sometimes I just hate people. Asking our dear lord for a miracle and having some wonderful angel give this precious boy a nice loving life the many years he has left on this earth. Please dont let him die in a shelter

  5. Pam says:

    I hate you person. And I really hope they put your name out there. You deserve karma at her best. !!! And when you want to be taken care hope you in old folks shelter where you derseve to be. !!!


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