Owner leaves 14-year-old dog at shelter to be put to sleep

A very sad update posted on Friday afternoon at 3:50 stated:

“… Symon is Rip. Owner called shelter later on again today to check if they already euthanized him, and why shelter was still holding him… shelter vet evaluated him and he was deaf, blind and very disorientated, they have not choice to apply the Eu. I can’t believe a private vet suggested them to take to a shelter to euthanize their dog for free. And more that they were not even have a heart to be in their last minutes of life. Again, Happy hell holidays to his owners, hope they never again owns pet. So sorry Symon, so sorry!”

Rest in peace Symon. We are deeply saddened you were betrayed by your family at a time when a gentle hug, a reassuring pat and the words “I love you; you were a good dog” would have been so comforting to you.

Tears rolled down the cheeks of  an animal advocate at the Harris County Animal Shelter in Houston on Thursday as the owner of a 14-year-old dog surrendered him to the shelter ordering the staff to euthanize their dog. Both shelter workers and volunteers expressed their outrage as to the heartless act on Houston, Save lives is our mission:

“…brought me to tear up with the girl at Harris County after I called shelter, when I asked what happened to this dog, and she says his owners brought him yesterday 12/15 and requested shelter to euthanize him, by suggestion of their own private vet!! WTH then you bring your old dog, the one you’re supposed to care for to a crowded shelter and left behind to die?!! Is it too much to at least be by his side until catch his last breath??..Why don’t you spend  the last days by his side? Their vet says is nothing that can be done for him; shelter’s vet has not done an evaluation at this time, I requested one..”

And now the 14-year-old dog is a poor old soul – a frightened and confused Shiba Inu betrayed by his family at a critical time in his life when a compassionate hug, a warm meal and the familiar sight of his family would put him at ease. Instead he is stressed and left to languish at a crowded shelter and left alone with his fears. Click here for Symon’s Pet Harbor listing:

“My name is SYMON. I am a male, black and gray Shiba Inu. The shelter staff think I am about 14 years old. I have been at the shelter since Dec 15, 2016. For more information about this animal, call Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services at (281) 999-3191. Ask for information about animal ID number A474090.

Advocates are currently pledging funds to help an approved rescue organization step up for Symon. “Even if it’s just for a few days, a few weeks or longer, Symon deserves his last days in a comfy bed with someone nearby assuring him he is a ‘good dog.’”

(Photo of 14-year-old dog Symon via Pet Harbor)

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