An unknown dog owner in Norwalk, Connecticut, abandoned a dog and left a note, saying the animal is “amazing.”
“To whomever loves dogs: She’s an amazing dog,” the person wrote.
The ex-owner said the dog, named Annabell, is “house-trained” and will be 3 in August. The dog is “friendly” and has all its “shots.”
Then, the note revealed why the owner abandoned the dog, a pit bull.
“Couldn’t afford her please help,” it concluded.
The Norwalk Animal Shelter posted the dog and the note on Facebook on July 28.
“Pit bull female 3+ years old wearing a black collar no tags or microchip. Tied to a tree with a note attached to her collar @ Cranbury park on 7/26/19 For more information please call Norwalk Animal Shelter @ 203-854-3240,” the post reads.
A number of Facebook users reacted to the post.
“I wish we could find the owner. I’d buy dog food and treats until things were financially better,” one person commented.
Another added: “I wish her owner could have found a way to keep her, sounds like she really cared for this pup.”
“Cranbury Park has a dog park, so she wasn’t abandoning Annabelle somewhere no one would find her. While it’s something I couldn’t do, this dog was given love and care until it became impossible for the owner. Giving her up must have been painful. Times are so difficult for some, and people don’t sometimes realize the extreme expense of a pet. Judging is easy, understanding is hard,” a third continued.
But some said that the owner should have brought the dog to a shelter.
“Should have brought her to the shelter instead of tree in the park,” said one person.
‘Crying’ Pit Bull
A volunteer at a North Carolina shelter said she thought a rescued pit bull was “crying” in a now-viral video.
“I was waiting for them [the shelter workers] to health check a couple of the dogs we were considering pulling, and I was walking up and down the kennels, and I just saw this pit bull sitting there, and she was very humanlike — slumped over and very solemn,” Sarah Sleime told The Dodo. “So I bent over and started talking to her.”
She said that the 7-year-old dog had a litter of puppies, but her puppies were taken away.
“It was the craziest phenomenon,” Sleime said of the dog’s alleged tears.
Sleime said that workers thought she was confined.
The dog was then used “as a breeding machine,” she added. “She’s obviously had many, many litters.”
‘Most Abused Dogs on Earth’
“Pit bulls are left at shelters in record numbers—and since they are difficult to adopt out, reputable shelters (that don’t slam the door in the dogs’ faces) are finding that they must euthanize more pit bulls and pit bull mixes than all other dogs combined,” the group said.
Karen Delise, research director for the National Canine Research Council and author of “The Pitbull Placebo,” has investigated hundreds of dog bite incidents.
She wrote in a now-taken down article: “My study of dog bite-related fatalities occurring over the past five decades has identified the poor ownership/management practices involved in the overwhelming majority of these incidents: owners obtaining dogs, and maintaining them as resident dogs outside of regular, positive human interaction, often for negative functions (i.e. guarding/protection, fighting, intimidation/status),” according to a prior report from The Epoch Times.
Dog Bite Statistics
However, website DogsBite.org says that “each day, about 1,000 U.S. citizens require emergency care treatment for serious dog bite injuries. Annually, about 9,500 citizens are hospitalized due to dog bite injuries.”
In a 13-year analysis, the website says that of 433 fatal dog attacks in the United States, pit bulls contributed to 66 percent, or 284 deaths