These Animals Need Our Help: Abandoned Dog Wearing A Christmas Sweater Was Found On New Year's Day In A Heartbreaking State
February 18, 2019 16:54 By Fabiosa
Imagine being abandoned, struck ill and sad, and the only way to communicate that you need help is to bark, meow or consistently make other sounds in hopes that someone can come for you. This is the devastating plight of abandoned animals.
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Why do people choose to dump their pets rather than use one of the many humane options of letting go of these animals? The RSPCA reportedly revealed that people are throwing animals away like trash in bins, boxes and even cemeteries.
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These owners would rather dispose of their pets callously than pay for their animals to be looked after while they are away. In some cases, the owners would 'throw away' sick animals simply because they do not want to spend money on medical care.
Ducky gets the help she needs
One New Year's Day, someone contacted the RSPCA to report a dog barking in a neighbor's yeard. The good Samaritan knew that the neighbors didn't have a dog and they were away on vacation, so the barking was concerning.
Lucy Hoehne, an inspector with the RSPCA, went over to the empty home. When she got to the backyard, she was surprised to see a little bald dog. The dog, who happened to be wearing a Christmas sweater, was huddled up in a corner, visibly upset.
The RSPCA is investigating after an almost bald dog was found dumped in a Christmas jumper in the New Coundon area of Bishop Auckland on New Year's Day. Ducky is now being looked after by vets. pic.twitter.com/6pki23AS9X— BBC Tees (@BBCTees) January 3, 2019
According to The Dodo, Hoehne, who decided to name the dog Ducky, immediately carried her to the vet. It turned out that she was suffering from a skin disease.
As Ducky gets the medical help she needs, Hoehne and the other rescuers are hoping to find more information about where she came from and who abandoned her.
What to do when you see an abandoned dog
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Approaching a stray dog isn't something you do on a whim. My Animals shares a few things to keep in mind.
- Check to make sure it's not aggressive. Usually, sick or injured dogs may resort to violence when around strangers. Make sure this isn't the case;
- Approach gently: If the dog seems calm, walk towards it very slowly. Avoid sudden movements and use soothing tones. You can try offering food or water from a safe distance to build trust;
- Pet and check: If you managed to get the dog to start trusting you, extend your hand with your palm open so the animal can smell it. If the dog remains calm, try petting it and perhaps attach a leash;
- Contact the owner: Check the dog to see if it has a tag. You can also take it to a vet to check for a microchip and do a checkup of the dog's health. If you cannot find any identification, put out flyers to announce you found a dog just in case its family is looking for it;
- If no one comes forward: You can take the dog to an animal shelter and express your need to adopt it if you want to.
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Here you can find more tips for caring for stray, abused or abandoned dogs.
Abandoned dogs need our help, and like the good Samaritan in this story, we should not ignore the sound of an animal in need.