It’s hard to believe just how far people will go to shuck their responsibilities as decent, kindhearted human beings.
Sharon Norton, who manages the Brookhaven City Pound in Mississippi, has seen a lot of animal abuse in her day. But, after the animal control officer was alerted to a disheartening scene that a bystander spotted on the side of a quiet country road, she got a firsthand glimpse into just how far people can actually go.
Sometimes the real “animals” in this world aren’t the wild bears roaming around in the woods, or the lions stalking their prey on the African savanna. At least those creatures don’t put on a pretense and are totally honest about who they are.
Humans, on the other hand, have a way of being sneaky, deceitful, and cruel, especially towards helpless animals that will do anything just to be loved. On this particular occasion, the deceitfulness involved really tugged at Sharon’s heartstrings.
That’s because there was an innocent little pup at the center of it all.
As her car got closer and closer to the scene, Sharon could see a floppy-eared figure staring back at her from a dirty old recliner that was discarded on the side of the road. It was quite obvious from his condition that he had not been treated very well. On the Brookhaven City Shelter Facebook page, Sharon said:
“I get a message this morning to go check out this dog that’s in the chair, this is what I pulled up and seen.”
The sad look in his eyes spoke volumes about his past, but the bones protruding out of the dog’s very thin frame said even more about the abuse he’d been through. It looked like he’d been waiting there for almost a week.
With nowhere else to go, the poor little sweetie curled up in the recliner and accepted his fate. The dog probably held out hope that his owners would come back and get him, but had no idea that he’d actually been dumped on the road like garbage. They had no intention of seeing him ever again.
Sharon did what she could to put the heartbroken dog at ease. To reassure him that she was there to help him, she approached the scared dog and gave him what was probably his first meal in days.
As she got closer to the dog, Sharon could see that the recliner he was sitting on was absolutely filthy, and it was certainly no place for such a beautiful little dog to call his forever home.
He was surrounded by scraps of discarded kibble that was who knows how old, and it obviously wasn’t nearly enough to provide the pooch with the nutrition and subsistence he needed to survive.
He was a little bit shy and skittish at first, but when Sharon filled her hand with yummy snacks and held it under his nose, that was enough to convince him that he was in safe hands now.
In fact, Sharon said that he happily wagged his tail when she picked him up an carried him to the animal control truck. She could feel the thump-thump-thump of his tail poke her in the back, and it was the best feeling in the world!
Sharon had a few unkind, but well-deserved words for the careless humans who had carelessly abandoned the puppy on the side of the road:
“To the person that dumped this chair, your puppy was waiting for you to come back,,slowly starving to death because it was afraid to leave the chair to find food. shame on you for doing this to this puppy.. but one day Karma will meet up with you.”
The sweet puppy was whisked away to the vet, where he was vaccinated and dewormed so that he could be adopted by a family who would do nothing but dote on him and love him like he truly deserved.
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