An elderly dog was found by residents of Upchurch in Kent, UK, and they were upset to learn that he had been abandoned. A note was attached to the dog which stated he had been with his owner for 10 years but had been left as the dog had ‘not learnt to be good’.
Alongside the distressed elderly dog, residents of Upchurch found a heartbreaking note which explained why the owner had given up the dog.
According to the letter left at the scene, the owner’s excuse for abandoning the dog was that he had lost patience and felt the dog was difficult. The situation was even more upsetting due to the fact the owner shared on the letter that he had brought him back to the very spot he had found him.
The note read: “Please can you take me in as my owner has abandoned me after 10 years because I have not learnt to be good so I have been returned here where he found me.”
Having read the letter, the residents who discovered the labrador were left infuriated. They thought the reasoning was just a poor excuse and that the dog deserved much better.
Immediately upon finding the dog, the residents contacted the Swale Borough Council Stray Dog Service and he was then taken from their custody.
In order to locate the owner of the dog, the dog service workers decided they would upload a post onto social media asking for the public’s help.
They wrote: “This elderly black labrador was found tied up to railings at Jasmil Kennels this morning. We would very much like to speak to the owner to establish why the dog was the dog has been abandoned. No chip. If you recognise him and can be of any assistance, please contact the council in confidence or message this page. He will now be taken into our care.”
Surprisingly, considering the fact the council hadn’t been able to provide too much information, they found that they soon had a response that was provided alongside validation.
Updating the story, the post was continued stating: “Having fully investigated the elderly dog left abandoned on Monday, we were able to get in contact with his owner, and all is not what it first seemed. We are now taking appropriate action based on the situation and circumstances. We have also been in contact with members of the owners extended family, who know and love the dog. They had no knowledge of the owner’s plans and have asked to take the dog on so that it can live out the latter part of its life in a safe secure home, with people it knows. If home checks and the dog’s reaction to them are positive, this is the kindest way forward for the dog’s welfare.”