Scruffy poodle is left abandoned outside animal shelter with desperate letter

"Please don’t put him down I love him, but can’t afford to keep him"
July 5, 2018 1:30 pm Last Updated: July 5, 2018 1:30 pm

Workers at an animal shelter returned to work after Memorial Day weekend to an alarming discovery—but after reading a heartbreaking letter, they rallied to give a poor creature a second chance.

On Tuesday, May 29, employees at the Harris County Animal Shelter in Houston, Texas, found an unexpected surprise in their parking lot: an abandoned dog crate.

Inside the crate was a terrified poodle, left there by his owner.

(Facebook/Harris County Animal Shelter)

It’s always heartbreaking to see an animal discarded by its owner—but in this case it seems to have been done out of desperation, not heartlessness.

An attached note from the owner asked the shelter to care for the dog.

(Facebook/Harris County Animal Shelter)

Harris County Animal Shelter arranged for him to have a much-needed shave. Being free from his matted fur made Lee look like a whole new dog, and was the first step on a road to recovery.

While the shelter was already crowded, McKeel stepped in to foster Lee. After a few days, he’s already making a significant improvement.