Each year, about two thousand animals end up in the shelter in Johnson County, Indiana. But the director Michael Delp said they had never come across an abandoned dog that way before.
The beautiful girl Roadie was found tied to a tree with a plastic bottle hanging from her neck. After closer inspection, the animal shelter workers noticed a note inside it. In a heartbreaking scribble, it said that Roadie’s “dad lost his job and his home from covid” and was no longer able to take care of her. Written in the first person, it also noted that Roadie is a dog full of energy, who used to be spoiled with food, her own couch, and a foam bed.
And there surely could have been a better and safer way to give up Roadie. With cases of people surrendering their pets during the pandemic soaring, the owners should have called the shelter. “Roadie could have been struck by a vehicle, could have been attacked by wolves or coyotes,” Michael warned, but admitted the note tugged at his heartstrings.
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