People who discover, for whatever reason, that they’re no longer able to care for their dogs often find them new homes, or bring them to shelters hoping they’ll be adopted by another family. But others find their way to shelters under much shadier circumstances.
Just before the start of Memorial Day weekend, police officers were called to a municipal park in Chillicothe, Ohio. Someone had called to report finding a five to six-month-old female Lab mix who’d been left there in a wire cage, with words written all over her pure white coat in permanent ink.
The words “Free” and “Good Home Only” were plastered on the abandoned pup.
Surely there are better ways to re-home a puppy.
Marvella, or “Miracle,” was taken to the nearby Ross County Humane Society, where a long and sudsy bath managed to erase most of the ink.
Afterward, she, “Spent the day in the office with the shelter staff getting lots of treats and attention,” the organization posted on its Facebook page.
Meanwhile, officials worked to track down whoever had done this to her. The previous owner was eventually tracked down and faces multiple charges, including cruelty to animals, abandonment, and failure to license. She explained that she left Marvella there after discovering pets aren’t allowed at her apartment complex.
The way she was abandoned is horrifying, but thanks to the publicity her story generated, sweet Marvella didn’t have to wait long for a new home! Last week, a local family applied to adopt this sweet girl, and thanks to the generous donation from a local company, the adoption fee has already been covered:
Please remember in any shelter on any given day there are dogs who have been given away as “free to a good home” and are awaiting their forever home, just like Marvella. Please support your local animal shelters and adopt, don’t shop.
Dogs, and all animals for that matter, are living beings who deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. Fortunately for Marvella, the circumstances behind her abandonment generated so much attention that it was just a matter of time before someone scooped her up.
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