Friday, when Katie and I were going back to work after lunch, I saw some people abandon two small dogs. It was on a cut-through road that goes from one busy road to another. They were pulled over at this gravelly spot, and I saw two little dogs running around, then I saw the car leave. I told Katie that those people had thrown out those little dogs, and I turned around and went back, passing the bitches on the way back. Sure enough, there the little dogs were, looking confused and lost.
Katie and I stopped, and another lady who had turned around and came back pulled up too. I got one of them to come to me - a little male red pomeranian mix. I handed him to Katie and went after the other one, who was very shy and wouldn't let me anywhere close. The little cut-through road is very busy, so I kept jumping out in the road to make people slow down and stop so he wouldn't get hit. He looked like a little chihuahua mix, and those dogs can be so nervous. I was so afraid for him.
When it became very obvious we weren't going to be able to catch the other little dog, the other lady said she would take the pom mix if I didn't want him. I told her to go ahead, and she left. I just couldn't bring myself to leave the other little dog. I called the Flowood PD, and an officer responded even before I got off the phone. But he couldn't do anything either, we couldn't even get close enough for him to be able to use the noose thing to catch him. So I gave up and went back to work.
Once there I called the MS Animal Rescue League, just to see if there was something they could do, but there wasn't. I knew that in my heart. I was so upset I just cried. I couldn't help it. Everyone at work knows I'm wacky when it comes to animals - I made our runner take a turtle that one of our trucks ran over to the vet a couple of months after I started working there. (And the turtle was fine - the vet was able to fix his shell and let him go.) I worried and worried about the dog all afternoon.
When I went home, he was still sitting there, watching the cars. I really wanted to stop and try to catch him again, but I knew that would be very dangerous for both him and me in 5:00 traffic. :o( It just broke my heart, because I know he was sitting there waiting for his owners to come back and get him. I really hate those people who did that - three young women in a silver car. I wish I had gotten their tag number, because Flowood enforces its animal cruelty laws. I worried because it gets cold at night, and I worried that another animal would come and get him, and I worried that he would get in the street and get run over. I worried and cried so much that Mark finally offered to go look for the little dog in the dark. :o( But there are no lights in that area, so I knew that was useless. I told him I was going back in the morning, and he said he would go with me and help me.
So yesterday morning I took food, water, a leash, and a blanket with me. And this story does not end happy. He didn't make it, he had gotten hit on the road. I feel awful, like I failed him, even though I knew I did my best for him. And I really hate those horrible bitches who abandoned him. I wish I could find them and tell them what kind of people they are. There is no reason to leave a dog on the side of the road. We have an open-door shelter that will take in anything, no questions asked, no cost to the person turning the animal in.
I just don't get people who view animals as so much trash to be disposed of at will. Animals are sentient, thinking, feeling beings just like humans. They deserve respect, and they deserve to be treated with respect. Sometimes I am really ashamed to be a part of the human race because there are just too many people who don't give a shit about Mother Earth and our fellow creatures who inhabit her.
Yes, I am very angry. And I am grieving for that little dog, and all like him. I light a white candle for him, and I know that his spirit is in the arms of the Mother Goddess, and I take comfort in that.
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