Dachshund Left at Shelter with Heartbreaking Note Will Reunite with Owners
Instead, shelter workers called Leave No Paws Behind, Inc., an all breed, all foster based rescue that specializes in seniors, who picked up the dog and initially named him Harley. When the dog was taken to a veterinarian, it was determined he could not only be treated, but most likely had a “couple of more years” left in him, according to an update on the organization’s Facebook page.
The rescue realized the little dog had been well-cared for and according to the note, very much loved, so they decided to try to reach out to the dog’s owners.
When the dog owners came forward, they explained they are indeed both sick and cannot even afford their medical treatments or tires for their vehicle. They had taken their dog, who is actually named Otto Wolfgang Maximus, to a veterinarian and were told that they would need to run costly tests. When they realized they couldn’t even afford to have their dog euthanized by the vet, they were “hysterical” and didn’t know what else to do aside from leaving him at the shelter.
“We just are living week to week,” one of the pet parents, who wished to remain anonymous, told KTLA in an interview. “We can’t even go to the hospital to get our treatment.”
Although they had read the judgments people were making about their decision after the story was made public, they reached out to the rescue anyway. “I was in tears when I realized that their love for this darling little man outweighed their fear of what people may say about them and I knew instantly, our decision to try to reunite Otto with his humans was the right decision!” reads the post on Leave No Paws Behind.
The organization believes the Otto’s owners loves him very much and just felt they had no other choice. “Ninety eight percent of the rescues we take in belong with us,” said Toby Wisneski, founder of Leave No Paws Behind. “There are 1-2 percent of owners who love their animals very much and just believe they have no other option but to surrender them.”
Wisneski has decided to make the couple a permanent foster for Otto and return the dog to them with the provision they can make regular, weekly visits to the home. The organization will maintain the cost of Otto’s food and veterinary care for the rest of his life.
The couple lives outside of California and was on a ministry trip when they dropped Otto at the shelter. They will pick the dog up at the end of the month when they are able to get enough money to purchase new tires for their vehicle.
According to Pet Insurance Zone, the average cost of a visit to the vet has soared to $190 for cats and $360 for dogs. The cost rose 64 percent between 1998 and 2006.
The cost of having a beloved pet euthanized is not cheap, either. One veterinarian paper put the total cost between $150-$800, which includes veterinarian services, drugs and cremation.
According to the most recent study by the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), a total of 13 percent of the dogs relinquished by owners to shelters is due to the financial inability to care for the animal, personal problems or a pet’s illness. An estimated 1.5-3.5 million animals each year are relinquished to shelters by their owners.
Wisneski said pet owners should check with local rescues and shelters, many of which have accounts to help owners in financial crisis. Leave No Paws Behind even has a memorial fund set up to help people with euthanasia if they cannot afford it and the pet is terminally ill.
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I Love The Rescue-“Leave No Paws Behind” They Saved Dogs So Matted They Could Not Move! From The Huffington Post!
One of the two dogs rescued from the Lancaster, Calif. shelter on July 14th couldn’t even wag his tail when he was rescued. “His fur was so severely matted, his tail was stuck to one side. He couldn’t even move it,” said Toby Wisneski, founder of Leave No Paws Behind, a dog rescue organization based in Los Angeles.
According to Lancaster Animal Control, Sgt. Rachel Montez-Kemp, Major Case Unit investigator, has launched a criminal investigation.
The Antelope Valley is the Wild West for dog dealers
Lancaster, a charter city in Los Angeles County, is well known to animal protection groups for having dozens of unlicensed puppy mills, hoarders and backyard breeders. The city does not investigate dog dealers who apply for kennel licenses.
Land is inexpensive in the Antelope Valley and there are more restrictions on buying a scooter than a kennel license. Anyone can buy breeding dogs at auction (some go for as low as $10), open a puppy selling business and sell directly to the public via Internet.
Under current law, these “sell direct to the public” dog-dealing businesses exploit a legal loophole and are not subject to any state inspection program. There is no oversight to stop animal abusers from posing as “responsible breeders” on the Internet.
With winter temperatures dipping below freezing and summer temperatures soaring up to 114 degrees, breeding dogs suffer year-long in wire cages with no protection from the elements.
The Antelope Valley’s backyard breeders, hoarders and dog dealers have been on the radar of The Companion Animal Protection Society for a decade. The Lancaster shelter is overcrowded with unwanted animals and the department is forced to euthanize thousands of animals for space. The situation is so dire, CAPS plans to petition the city of Lancaster for a spay /neuter ordinance and cap on the number of intact animals individuals are allowed to have.
An apparent administrative mix-up turned out to be a stroke of luck for the pair — a male and a female. “The officer said those dogs were never to be released,” said Toby Wisneski of Leave No Paws Behind. “They were to be held as evidence. She told me to provide her with the results of an initial exam before they were shaved, and then a full vet exam after they were shaved.”
The female’s fur was full of excrement. “She was covered in urine burns,” said Wisneski. “The officer asked me to look at their feet. Their feet? I can’t even find their feet!”
Dr. Hart, the veterinarian who examined the dogs, said they are underweight, undernourished and been confined their entire lives. She claimed it would take about two years for a dog to get to that kind of condition.
The dogs do not appear to be from a puppy mill as the female had been spayed. But questions remain about how many other animals might be similarly mistreated at the owner’s property.
“No one wants these animals in the shape they’re in,” said Ms. Wisneski. “When we recover them, that’s when they want them. Nobody sees the beautiful dog underneath the injuries. No one wants them until they’ve been transformed. A lot of rescues don’t want to take dogs that are going to have medical issues. I take them sight unseen.”
The dogs are said to be “very sweet” despite their ordeal. They are recovering and are currently up for adoption with Leave No Paws Behind.