This week, a dog, left to suffer an agonizing death in the bitter cold, was picked up and thrown into the trash like worthless garbage in Indianapolis, Indiana. The grim discovery was shared with followers of the Indianapolis Animal Care Services Facebook page on Wednesday. The animal welfare agency explained the difficult day:
Today was a hard day, not only as an employee of Animal Care Services, but also as an animal lover and advocate. Despite all of the warnings, people are still leaving animals outside in these deadly temperatures. The animals we encountered today, can’t tell their stories, that’s why we need to be their voice.
Our last call was the hardest one to stomach, and definitely one that will stay with me forever.
The painful details
That final, painful call involved a person who left his dog outside in the frigid weather, with nothing more than a wooden dog house for shelter; that structure offered nothing to offset the freezing conditions.
By the time morning came, the dog had frozen to death. The animal welfare agency wrote:
While that is truly horrific, what the owner did next is even worse. He picked up the dog and threw it away in a dumpster, as if its life meant nothing. When we found the dog, it was emaciated and covered in trash. The small area where the dog spent its last hours had a frozen water bowl and gave you a glimmer of the painful days and nights it suffered before freezing to the ground of its doghouse.
The dog suffered horribly…beyond the obvious neglect, the dog endured extreme loneliness and despair. Knowing that nobody cared about his life – nobody cared if he suffered. Nobody heard his cries. Nobody saw his pain.
For those who live in the Indianapolis area, animal care services hopes that you will reach out if you see an animal suffering:
If you see an animal left out in the cold, please call the Mayor’s Action Center at 317-327-4622. If it’s at night, call 317-327-3811. If you are a pet owner who can’t afford to take care of your pet in this weather, there are resources available to help you. Please reach out and ask for help before it’s too late.
More news, updates, funny videos and memes on the National Animal News Facebook page.
Yesterday: Outrageous! Football player posted video of dogs mauling a raccoon. The story here.
More: Mountain lions tracked down and killed after dog attacked –more here.
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Beautiful playtime in the snow
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