16-year-old Lab adopted from shelter last year found roaming street in pain

An urgent plea from Miami-Dade Animal Services went out on Saturday urging animal advocates to help find a home for a 16-year-old Labrador retriever found roaming the streets in excruciating pain from arthritis. Papo had been adopted a year ago, but was found wandering the streets both underweight and in a heartbreaking case of advanced neglect.

A volunteer tearfully describes Papo’s condition:

“Miami-Dade Animal Services what were you thinking when you adopted out this 15 YEAR OLD now 16 YEAR OLD fellow name #Papo #A1696469 who was in excruciating pain from arthritis, teeth falling out while at the shelter, a heart murmur???

Sadly, no one knows how long Papo had been scavenging the streets looking for food and just trying to survive. His adopter is no where to be found. And now Papo is growling at people – volunteers say it is because the dog is scared and in pain.

PAPO A1696469

“I am a male yellow Labrador Retriever mix. The shelter staff think I am about 16 years old and I weigh 36 pounds. I was found as a stray and I may be available for adoption on 08/20/2019.”

“…This poor dog is not going to make it. The shelter will euthanize him to “end his suffering” if that’s truly the case, he deserves to die feeling loved! MDAS failed him horribly. The adopter never even got him heartworm treatment. Isn’t there a rescue out there willing to help let him die with dignity and feeling loved?”

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Miami-Dade Animal Services what were you thinking when you adopted out this 15 YEAR OLD now 16 YEAR OLD fellow named #PAPO #A1696469 who was in excruciating pain from arthritis, teeth falling out while at the shelter, a heart murmur?? FOUND AS A STRAY A YEAR LATER IN WORSE SHAPE! Underweight, severe pain from walking the streets for God knows how long! Oh and big surprise! Adopted nowhere to be found? WOW! Now PLEAS ISSUED! The shelter staff fear him just like they did the first time! He’s IN PAIN! He’s growling because he hurts! I am a male yellow Labrador Retriever mix.8/16 URGENT PLEA SENT FROM THE SHELTER Dog ID: A1696469, Old pet needs home. due out 08/18/19 , has microchipThe shelter staff think I am about 16 years old and I weigh 36 pounds.I was found as a stray and I may be available for adoption on 08/20/2019.Located at Miami Dade animal service3599 NW. 79th Ave.Miami – Doral Florida305–884–1101 or 311Email –pets@miamidade.gov

Posted by Rescue Me – MIAMI on Friday, August 16, 2019

Miami Dade Animal Service
3599 NW. 79th Ave.
Miami – Doral Florida
305–884–1101 or 311
Email –pets@miamidade.gov

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2 replies
  1. Bunny Peters says:

    WOW!!! Mind blowing how cruel some POSs can be…..

    I hope Papo heals ASAP and is rehomed into a loving furever family where he will be treated as a beloved family member for however long a time he has left. I feel so helpless being in Northern California……. otherwise I would offer our home as hospice care for him. Papo absolutely deserves to die knowing that he was loved……..

    Whoever did this to him (neglect and abuse) has a reserved spot in Hell waiting for them where they will burn forever for their cruelty……

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