On Friday, a senior man arrived at the Los Angeles Animal Services North Central facility in California with his elderly, 13-year-old dog in tow. The man, clearly no “spring chicken” himself, was surrendering his old dog because of her age – he was reported to have stated, “she don’t do nothing no more.”
The man admitted that the dog, named Canela, was a “great dog,” but for some reason, her aging body, and subsequent decrease in activity, was just too much for him to handle. A disgusted witness to the surrender posted a video of the man, and his clearly frightened dog, along with words of dismay and heartbreak, to Facebook:
Sometimes it’s hard not to judge…not to hate people. I came to share a happy freedom video- but I got waylaid. As I type this, I’m heartsick. ID #A0703344 is being surrendered because she is old. She’s just a layabout. She can’t hear…I asked is she a good dog? I could tell she was… He said: “Oh yes, she was a great dog.”
With her tail between her legs, shaking, he left her. I told him she was very frightened- he said: “I know, but she don’t do nothing no more- she don’t chase the cats.”
Slowing down, and aging – are acts of life, for everyone. Being cast aside like a worn out shoe should not be what happens when one enters the twilight of their life. Please share Canela’s adoption information – help her find someone who can appreciate her, and love her, for the rest of her days.
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For more information about this animal, call:
Los Angeles Animal Services – North Central Shelter at (888) 452-7381
Ask for information about animal ID number A0703344
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