Abandoned Dog Left Tied To A Tree After Owner Went To Jail

Abandoned Dog Left Tied To A Tree After Owner Went To Jail

It’s always shocking to see how cruel and irresponsible animal owners can abandon a defenseless animal on the street, but one South Carolina woman was even more shocked to see that no one would do anything to help a dog left tied to a tree.

This past Tuesday afternoon, Maria Jaramillo found a small dog tied up to a tree with two bowls, a pile of food on the ground, and a duffle bag. Besides the dog, there was also a sign that read: “Free pup. Name is Scooter. Owner went to jail today.”

“Scooter was sitting there with his food all in the grass. He was really scared. He was actually shaking,” said Jaramillo. “It broke my heart, like, ‘I cannot leave this dog here’ and actually there were people passing by and they saw him and they wouldn’t do anything about it and I told my fiance, ‘we have to do something.'”

Jaramillo’s cousin, Blanca Anahi Cushman turned to Facebook for help and posted Scooter’s photo online to a lost and found pet group.

“My cousin just found this dog tied to a tree at the back of Muv Fitness West Columbia and we don’t know where to go from here…clearly the owner is a piece of garbage and left the dog here. It’s getting dark and I don’t want to leave him does anyone have any ideas please, I can’t keep the dog for the long term.”

The operator of Southeastern Homeless Animals, a nonprofit animal rescue, saw the post and Scooter is now being taken care of by the organization’s founder Paula Langford. “Dog is safe now, he is in good hands with Paula Langford,” Cushman wrote on Facebook in an update. “Big thank you to all that helped!”

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[Featured image: Facebook/Blanca Anahi Cushman]