Here’s a story that absolutely broke my heart. The bond that we form with our dogs is a special one – it’s loving, it’s beautiful, and most importantly – it’s for life. Or at least that should be the case, but there are some heartless people out there who didn’t get the memo.
According to the Instagram post below, an LA family simply left their yellow Labrador on the street when they moved house. He was found living right opposite the house where he used to live happily.
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So today I asked the security guard about him and he told me that he was #abandoned by someone that moved out of a house across the street. Now he lives on the #street. The landscape company has a job to do as far as keeping the area free of trash so they keep removing any type of water bowl or food bowl that he might be able to use. It’s hot so I poured my last bottle of water in a styrofoam hamburger container. I can go and get food and water; he cannot. If you know anyone that can help him please tag them. #homeless #dog #sad #helphim #tagsomeone #hungry #sanbernardino #glenhelen #riverside #morenovalley #redlands #colton #mentone #yucaipa #oldboy #rescue #needshelp
The eight-year-old dog, known as Larry, had managed to survive on the generosity of passing drivers, who would throw him some leftovers to eat. One day, a local delivery driver made an Instagram profile dedicated to the pooch.
According to The Dodo, this helped bring Larry’s story to the attention of Sasha Abelson, president of Love Leo Rescue, who reached out to local volunteers.
“As soon as we saw [the posts] we said, ‘Just get the dog to us, we’ll take care of the rest’,” she said.
Thank goodness Larry was able to get the help that he needed. When they go him to the shelter, they noticed a few health problems in Larry – this is to be expected after an extended period living rough.
Volunteers noticed that his stomach was bloated, despite having little access to regular meals and water for months. He was also missing patches of fur on his legs and was struggling to walk. The shelter’s go-to vet then discovered that Larry was suffering from Cushing’s disease, a condition caused by a benign tumour on the pituitary gland.
After some medication and rehabilitation, Larry was on the mend, and just wanted to spend time with other like minded dogs.
Volunteers at the shelter then began to start looking for a ‘forever home’ for Larry, but this was easier said than done.
Abelson said: “Not everyone wants a dog with an automatic expense attached. And he doesn’t like being alone, but he’s been abandoned, so we can’t really blame him for that.”
In a heartbreaking twist, Larry has now been taken to a ‘forever’ home on three occasions now – and returned to the shelter each time. I can’t even articulate how hurtful this is.
Abelson said: “He’s been so resilient, doesn’t hold a grudge, and still loves people even though they’ve let him down in the past.He’s just a happy, grateful dog. He just wants someone to take care of him and be there for him.”
If you live in LA or Orange County and are interested in adopting Larry, please contact Love Leo Rescue for more information. And to the ‘family’ who left him there – I don’t know how you can sleep at night.