Some people treat pets as if they are something to be discarded. Take the selfish people who bought this beautiful little puppy online only to hand him over to police officers after just six hours.
Because they didn’t want him anymore.
Cruel Owners Gave Puppy to Police
Officers stopped the car early one morning in August and the couple inside said they had just purchased the tiny pup six hours early on the website Gumtree, but they no longer wished to keep him, MailOnline reports.
So the officers, who were on patrol in Surrey, near London, took the cute Jack Russell puppy to the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in Windsor, Berkshire. There, he was given the name Buddy. He was far too young to be taken away from his mother so the kind people at Battersea began giving him plenty of love and care, SoShareThis reports.
Beautiful little Buddy received a clean bill of health and everyone at the shelter fell in love with him. He was cuddled constantly and kept there until he was old enough to be in a new home, The Dodo reports.
“Buddy is a really bright puppy who loves attention from people and his confidence around other dogs is growing every day,” said Sarah Copleston, the communications officer for Battersea. “Buddy loves nothing more than being made a fuss of and chasing a tennis ball. With all of the excitement of being a puppy, he is fast asleep by 9 p.m. each evening.”
Best of all, new owners who really do love him have come forward, so Buddy will have a home where he’s safe.
But unfortunately, far too many owners treat their pets like they are disposable, and it’s not unusual for people to just dump them, notes Sean Welland, re-homing and welfare manager at Battersea.
“While it is shocking that Buddy had been sold so young, it’s sadly not uncommon. Dogs can be bought online and then swiftly discarded by their owners when they change their minds.”
Buying a puppy online is easy, so more are winding up abandoned
And Battersea has seen the number of dogs bought online skyrocket, meaning that more are winding up at the shelter.
“Buying animals online is just as easy as ordering a new pair of shoes or jeans. ” Welland said. “Too many people get a puppy and then decide that it’s just too much work.”
Which means shelters are left to care for the broken-hearted animals. And if you’re looking for a puppy or kitten, or even an adult dog or cat, what better place to go than your local shelter, where so many animals are looking for someone to love them?
Now this adorable puppy is a happy little guy in his new home
“Buddy is doing really well in his new home and is learning more and more each day,” Capleston said.
During a 12-month period in 2015, more than 47,000 dog owners in the United Kingdom abandoned their sweet and trusting pets at shelters, DogsTrustLimited reports. And more than 31,000 cats wound up in U.K. shelters in 2012, The Dodo reports. It’s heartbreaking that so many dogs and cats have suffered this fate. And things are not any better for dogs and cats in the U.S. More than 3.3 million dogs and 3.2 million cats wind up in shelters, the ASPCA reports. So if you’re looking for a new pet friend. Please remember you can find so many beautiful little dogs like Buddy waiting in shelters for a forever home.
Here’s Buddy’s story in the video below.
Image by Ming Jaya Co. Ltd. via YouTube video