In Lake County, Florida a heartless jerk tied a metal weight to a dark red Labrador retriever and threw her into the St. Johns River where she died a slow, agonizing death desperately trying to gasp for air and stay afloat.
The dog’s body was discovered in Astor, and Allyssa Bates has been rallying local citizens and animal advocates to help find the culprit responsible for the abject cruelty. On her Facebook page, Allyssa fills in the disturbing details:
‘To the dirtbag that drowned their dog in the St Johns River:
Not that you care, but we found her. The alligators hadn’t made it to her yet. She was found floating despite your makeshift anchor. Many people probably passed her thinking she was a deer.”
Allyssa continued reminding everyone there are humane alternatives when a dog is no longer wanted.
You didn’t want her? There’s shelters and rescues that would’ve taken her. There are people that would’ve humanely euthanized her for you, including myself, if you didn’t have the money or whatever lame excuse you had for something being wrong with her. I will do whatever I can to find you despite her not having a chip and publicly identify you making sure that Aggravated Animal Cruelty charge sticks with you for life. You didn’t deserve her.”
Anyone with information is asked to please contact Allyssa or call the Lake County Sheriff’s Office at 352.343.2101. The dog is described as an older, spayed Golden/Red Labrador retriever.
Share her story and help find justice for those who cannot speak.
(Photo for dog drowned in St. Johns River via Facebook)
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