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This Dog Was Found With A Heartbreaking Message In A Bottle On Her Collar
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Animals, Dogs1 year ago

This Dog Was Found With A Heartbreaking Message In A Bottle On Her Collar

Each year, about two thousand animals end up in the shelter in Johnson County, Indiana. But the director Michael Delp said they had never come across an abandoned dog that way before.

The beautiful girl Roadie was found tied to a tree with a plastic bottle hanging from her neck. After closer inspection, the animal shelter workers noticed a note inside it. In a heartbreaking scribble, it said that Roadie’s “dad lost his job and his home from covid” and was no longer able to take care of her. Written in the first person, it also noted that Roadie is a dog full of energy, who used to be spoiled with food, her own couch, and a foam bed.

And there surely could have been a better and safer way to give up Roadie. With cases of people surrendering their pets during the pandemic soaring, the owners should have called the shelter. “Roadie could have been struck by a vehicle, could have been attacked by wolves or coyotes,” Michael warned, but admitted the note tugged at his heartstrings.

More info: JohnsonCountyAnimalShelter.com

This adorable German and Australian shepherd mix was found left abandoned with a plastic bottle tied to her neck

Image credits: Johnson County Animal Control

Upon closer inspection, the animal control officers found a note inside it

Image credits: Johnson County Animal Control

Written in the first person, the heartbreaking letter explained why the owner gave up Roadie

Image credits: Johnson County Animal Control

Luckily, she has been rescued by Johnson County animal shelter

Image credits: WTHR

As Michael Delp was reading the note, he felt torn by two emotions. “One, if it is legit, my heart goes out to that individual. If it was not legit, [I felt] anger that someone would manufacture an excuse to abandon their dog that was designed to elicit sympathy,” he told the press.

On the other hand, if the note is indeed true, Michael said that his heart would certainly go out to the person who wrote it.

But it doesn’t that mean the owner’s way of giving up Roadie is forgivable. Michael warned that releasing a dog out in the middle of nowhere could have ended very badly. “There’s all kinds of things that could happen to this animal. Struck by a vehicle or attacked by other animals,” he said.

He urged anyone who’s considering giving up their pet to call their local shelter.

Image credits: WTHR

Image credits: WTHR

The note also said that Roadie is a playful dog full of energy and had the basic veterinary needs taken care of

Image credits: WTHR

Luckily, after Johnson County shelter staff put up Roadie for adoption, they received more than 20 requests from people touched by the story.

But Jeremy Pell, a reserve sheriff deputy and the chief of the fire department, was just looking for a four-legged companion to train for search and rescue missions. He told the press that as “I opened up the news and saw Roadie, I saw the breed and the story and the fact that she is literally in my backyard.”

Jeremy ran some tests on Roadie, which she passed with flying colors, and it turned out she was the perfect match. Now, the beautiful girl is happy with her new career and a loving forever family.

But the shelter’s director Michael Delp said there could have surely been a better way to give up Roadie

Image credits: WTHR

Luckily, Jeremy Pell, the chief of the White River Township Fire Department, decided to adopt Roadie

Image credits: Jeremy Pell

It turns out, Jeremy has been searching for a dog to work in search and rescue, and this dog seemed perfect

Image credits: Jeremy Pell

And this is what people commented on Roadie’s case

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Marc
Community Member
1 year ago

I am torn here. We do not have to argue about the fact that there are a thousand better ways to "give up" such an animal. The way here is out of the question. On the other hand I recognize however also that it must have been quite a loving previous owner, who quite loved his animal. People in difficult situations do not always act rationally and well-considered. On the contrary. I don't expect any understanding here, but you have to try to put yourself in this person's shoes. To lose your own house, your own job, these are extreme situations. Not everyone is good at dealing with such situations. Once again - I think this is a completely wrong way. But it is also always easy to throw the first stone. We are all well advised to have some empathy and not to condemn and judge others directly. I am glad that the dog has found such a great new home.

Julie C Rose
Community Member
1 year ago

Same. I don’t agree at all with how the person did it, but if what he wrote was true, that’s heartbreaking.

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
1 year ago

No matter how difficult your life is you should never abandon a dog in this way. The owner could have brought the dog to a shelter but instead he choose to tie him to a tree and attach a note which basically says how good the former owner was. I don't believe this sob story.

Mike Crow
Community Member
1 year ago

There are better ways to give up your pet, but saying that we also need to take into account the mental condition Roadies dad was in at the time. None of us know what we will be like under extreme stress until we are there. Sometimes we are too far gone, at that moment, to think rationally. I hope Roadie and the former dad can find happiness.

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Marc
Community Member
1 year ago

I am torn here. We do not have to argue about the fact that there are a thousand better ways to "give up" such an animal. The way here is out of the question. On the other hand I recognize however also that it must have been quite a loving previous owner, who quite loved his animal. People in difficult situations do not always act rationally and well-considered. On the contrary. I don't expect any understanding here, but you have to try to put yourself in this person's shoes. To lose your own house, your own job, these are extreme situations. Not everyone is good at dealing with such situations. Once again - I think this is a completely wrong way. But it is also always easy to throw the first stone. We are all well advised to have some empathy and not to condemn and judge others directly. I am glad that the dog has found such a great new home.

Julie C Rose
Community Member
1 year ago

Same. I don’t agree at all with how the person did it, but if what he wrote was true, that’s heartbreaking.

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
1 year ago

No matter how difficult your life is you should never abandon a dog in this way. The owner could have brought the dog to a shelter but instead he choose to tie him to a tree and attach a note which basically says how good the former owner was. I don't believe this sob story.

Mike Crow
Community Member
1 year ago

There are better ways to give up your pet, but saying that we also need to take into account the mental condition Roadies dad was in at the time. None of us know what we will be like under extreme stress until we are there. Sometimes we are too far gone, at that moment, to think rationally. I hope Roadie and the former dad can find happiness.

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