A homeless man’s photo and video, lying on the floor at the Central California SPCA and reaching through the chain link fence holes to touch his pets, went viral late last week. His six dogs were scheduled to be euthanized. Rescue volunteer, Mona Ahmed was able to save them from death, but has not been able to locate the owner.
According to the FresnoBee, the unidentified owner, believed to be from the Fresno area, had visited his dogs for the ten days prior to the time they were scheduled to die. The dogs barked and whined as if they wanted to be physically reunited with their owner, but all six of the dogs were slated to die the next day; the owner could not afford to bail his dogs out.
Mona was very touched by the man lying on the floor day after day giving them treats and could tell how much he loved them.
The man had been living out of his car when it was towed after parking illegally, and the dogs were seized and taken to the shelter.
“I told him, ‘Let me help you. Let me see what I can do. Come back tomorrow. I’ll do whatever I can to help you get your dogs again. I promise’,” Mona Ahmed told the man.
And yes, Mona was able to delay the euthanasia, however she could not find the owner. He never returned to the SPCA, and now, ten days later, time has run out again. The dogs are scheduled to be put to death today, but not so fast says Mona. She still wants to help and reunite the family – thinking these dogs might be the only ones who have ever loved the man.
“I wish I could help them reunite. I was willing to pay their shots, fees and help schedule their surgery (neutering), but I can’t find him,” Mona added.
The man told her his name was James Lutz, and she has tried everything to find him. Whether that is the man’s real name, the man is able to access the Internet or has left the area, Mona will still prevent the dogs from dying.
The small dogs will all be fostered; Mona will be taking one of the dogs into her own home. Unfortunately they are not very social, but it is hoped separating them will enable volunteers to work with the dogs individually.
Hopefully the man will be found, but Mona’s kindness has saved the lives of six more dogs who, by no fault of their own, were about to face the death penalty.
(Photos Mona Ahmed)