This is enough to make the blood boil. On Tuesday, a rescue group in South Florida called 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida posted the above photograph—of an emaciated Doberman puppy found chained in a backyard—to its Facebook page. The accompanying message read:
URGENT!!!! WE NEED YOU HELP!! CALL ANIMAL CONTROL NOW!! . . . Amy and Carol are waiting for the police and animal control to get there.. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE!!
In a matter of hours, a group of dog lovers had assembled outside the house to see what they could do to save the dog. When the owner came out, group leader Amy Roman pleaded with him:
“I said, ‘please, let us take the dog. Do you need food? Let us take the dog, we’ll bring it to the hospital. We’re a rescue, we’ll get it a home,” she said
According to Roman, he responded, “It’s a dog, get off my F-ing property.”
Eventually, police and animal control arrived, but they say all they found was a thin dog who had food and water. The owners were issued a warning and that was that.
Under fire from irate dog lovers, Broward County Animal Control did return to the site on Wednesday and took the dog, a female named Duchess. This led to expressions of joy among those concerned about the dog’s welfare. However, all was not as it seemed.
Duchess was brought to a veterinarian, where she received a check up, as well as treatment for hookworms and some vaccinations. And then. . .she was returned to her owners.
Understandably, those who lobbied to save Duchess are distraught that she is back in the home where she was mistreated.
Amy Roman of 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida was irate, posting this rant on the group’s Facebook page:
I woke up today furious I am sick to my stomach again and shaking!!!!! I realized this morning while I get ready for work that I paid for this criminal to have his property (Duchess) back. Animal control offered free vetting for the dog this criminal was abusing and returned it to the owner. In addition what a slap in the face it is to sit and watch all these lies. I watched the criminal talk on the news as he pretended to love this dog. He said Duchess was on a time out that is why she was chained outside. These are lies we have neighbors witnessing this dog shaking in the storms and enduring the heat. The police reported he had high quality food. WE GAVE HIM THAT FOOD SO HE WOULD FEED HIS EMACIATED DOG!!!!! I sit here shaking on the verge of tears. I go to work and pay my taxes to support this criminal so he can mistreat an animal an then given free vetting and handed back to him. I cant take it anymore I just cant. I don’t usually cry but today I am weeping. I am heart broken and outraged. this is what you get when you reach for help. I cant take it. god help us!!!!!
I’m betting that this is not the end of the story. See the 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida Facebook page for further updates.