Skeletal dog found in night drop box

Someone left an emaciated shepherd in a shelter’s night drop box

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Days ago, someone left a skin and bones, emaciated German shepherd in the night drop box of a California animal shelter. The male shepherd, estimated to be just eight months of age, was left in the drop box at a Riverside County Animal Services facility.

On February 19, the animal services agency posted images of the thin dog and wrote:

This poor boy is very emaciated — but making a great comeback. The 8-month-old came to us Monday via one of our night-drop compartments at our Jurupa Valley shelter. Why someone would allow a dog to get so skinny is beyond our comprehension.

There is a silver lining

It’s not all bad news for this thin dog…he is now safe and receiving the help he needs. The shelter provided him with IV fluids and food – and they report that he has maintained a sweet disposition, despite being neglected. Better still…he has already found a home!

Four days after the initial post, the animal services facility announced that he was cleared for adoption:

Our veterinarian/staff have cleared dog for adoption. We open at 11. Pooch has gained seven pounds. Adopter must take the dog to their own vet for examination and continued health plan. Likelihood of multiple adopters very strong… we made need to use our “lottery” system for adoption … only qualified adopters will be in adoption lottery. Today marks his first official day of availability. Thank you to all for the kind words.

A day later – he found his forever home. Enjoy a good life Pooch!

(Image via Facebook)

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Okay this is pretty funny! I’m sure the dog is perplexed.


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5 replies
  1. pennysdachshunds says:

    Fortunately This Young and Mistreated WAS ONE of the LUCKY ones IN California to Find a HOME and In a Short Period of time.. Thankfully!!!

  2. Pamela D says:

    I guess the night drop box is better than the woods! At least he will have a great future with his new owner and at a few months old glad it happened now when he is young. Hope his old owner dies in pain slowly.

  3. Dalma Bugg says:

    Thank the Good Lord for unbeatable timing on this one and for the fact the perpetrator of the neglect and abuse did have that Ione tenuous thread of decency to take the precious pup to the night drop off instead of the forest. Have a wonderful life with your new furever family baby.


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