A search is on for the owner of a dog that appears to have been abandoned at an animal shelter in New South Wales just days before Christmas, infuriating canine lovers around the country.
Photos of a dog named Bella were shared on SoCares Central Coast Animal Shelter’s Facebook page on December 20 after the group had been unable to contact the pooch’s owner.
“Do you know Bella? Bella was tied to the front fence of our Charmhaven facility, in the early hours of this morning,” the post read.
“Bella is extremely fearful, and we have been unable to get into contact with her microchipped owner,” the author continued, adding an appeal for owners not to do this to their pets. “It has been cold and wet, she was left in the elements and we have a large fox colony around the facility.”
The post, which has been shared 677 times, has garnered hundreds of comments from animal lovers who were heartbroken for the pup.
“This absolutely breaks my heart … this poor girl would be so confused ... I hope you find your forever home and get so spoilt,” someone commented.
No claim of ownership
However, other people have warned about judging the dog’s owners act without knowing the whole story.
“Everyone seems to have prejudged the owners,” someone chimed. “What if this dog was found and placed there by another person. Certainly safer than being hit by a car or a thousand other horrible ends. Not to mention the cages purpose built for such an event empty and locked.”
“No owners have come forward,” someone added in an update on one of the shared posts.
Another post on the SoCares Central Coast Animal Shelter’s Facebook page revealed that Bella is not the first pooch to be abandoned at the facility.
“Please take a moment to look at these seven beautiful souls…we have received zero contact from their owners,” the author told the community alongside images of Bella and numerous other dogs.
“Someone surely knows something. Please help them. We have no back ground information about their natures, likes or dislikes ... some not even their name to help comfort them. Some are so stressed, it's heartbreaking,” the author appealed. “If you are an owner of one of these precious animals, please do the right thing and contact us. It simply is not fair to leave them without any information.”
The author continued to stress that all information they receive will be confidential.
According to animal welfare organisation Four Paws, thousands of animals are abandoned in Australia every year, especially around Christmas.
“Generally, people that abandon their pets, know they are doing something wrong,” the group says on their website. “Pet owners tend to act when no one is around.”
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