Bonded dogs languished in home for weeks after owners committed suicide

In a tragic story that only gets worse, two bonded dogs at the Aurora Animal Shelter in Colorado need immediate help. Animal advocates and the miracle of social media might be their last hope out of a high kill shelter.

Penny and Oakley had been living happily together in a home with their owners when the wife committed suicide one year ago. Tragically, her devastated husband followed suit this year, leaving the bonded dogs behind. Authorities arrived at the home and removed the husband’s body, however police left the dogs at the home. At the time, the husband had been living with a roommate who told the police he would care for the two dogs.

Two weeks later, the father of the victim called authorities to report the roommate had stolen the victim’s car, and it was then discovered the dogs had been abandoned.

Penny and Oakley languished in the home without food or water. Aurora Police officers and Aurora Animal Services arrived and took the dogs to the shelter- separating the two dogs in different kennel cages.

“It should also be noted that since learning of the animal abandonment, Animal Control Officers are going to try and locate this roommate who left these dogs behind and issue a criminal summons, if applicable,” stated Officer Matthew Longshore, the Public Information Officer for the Aurora Police Department.

Please share the plights of these two dogs with friends, family, approved rescue organizations and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. Penny and Oakley deserve better and adopting them together would be heavenly.

“We would love nothing more than to see these dogs adopted by someone who is going to care and love them,” Officer Longshore added.

For more information, contact:

Aurora Animal Shelter
15750 E. 32nd Ave.
Aurora, CO 80011
303.326.8280

animalservices@auroragov.org

Both dogs are about five years old and are listed as Labrador retriever mixes.

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