Abandoned dog found tied to tree with heartbreaking note attached to collar
Staff at an animal rescue centre have been left heartbroken by a handwritten note attached to the collar of an abandoned dog found tied to a tree by her owner.
The dog named Roadie was spotted and taken into the care of the Johnson County Animal Shelter after the note explained why her owner felt like he was forced to give her up.
It said that Roadie’s dad had lost his job and “soon his home” as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and begged for someone to give the pet a new family.
There was also details of the German shepherd/Australian shepherd mix’s previous vet treatments and personality, saying she loves to chew on toys but joked she will “tear them apart” if they have a squeaker inside.
The note reads: “My name is Roadie. I was rescued from a litter of 10. I half German shepherd, half Australian shepherd.
“I know basic commands like sit, lay down, shake, and rollover. I like to play and am full of energy. I love to chew on toys and tear them apart if it has a squeaker!
“I have been wormed and sprayed. I also have my rabies shot.
“I was a spoiled girl, my dad gave me my own couch to lay on and my own memory foam bed. He also fed me steak, chicken, and rice. But my primary food was Iams lamb and rice.
“Please if you find me give me a good home and love. And maybe a friend! I love children and play well with other dogs.
“My dad lost his job and soon his home from Covid. Please pray for him and give him hope that I will find a good home!”
A picture of Roadie and the note were shared on Facebook as people were left in tears by the abandoned dog’s story, and Johnson County Animal Shelter says it has since received plenty of inquires about adopting her.
Michael Delp, director of the rescue organisation, pleaded with owners to take their animals to a shelter if they felt forced to give them up rather than leaving them on their own.
He told WTHR: “It’s never a good idea to release an animal anywhere on its own.
“Roadie could have been struck by a vehicle, could have been attacked by wolves or coyotes. So call your local shelter.”
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