Caught on Camera: Starving Dog Tied up and Abandoned at Shelter

Shocking CCTV images which show a dog being dumped at Britain’s Wood Green Animal Shelters has been released by the charity in a bid to highlight the increasing number of animals being abandoned.

Shocking CCTV images which show a dog being dumped at Britain’s Wood Green Animal Shelters has been released by the charity in a bid to highlight the increasing number of animals being abandoned.

Honey, a four-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross was taken to the London Shelter in Lordship Lane by her former owner, tied up to a drain pipe and abandoned on the morning of January 27. Distressing CCTV footage shows the man walk through the gate to the Shelter; tie the dog up before walking away, briefly glancing back at the dog. Honey is then seen attempting to follow the man and spinning and pulling trying to get away, until a member of staff arriving for work discovers her and takes her inside.

When Shelter staff untied her they were shocked to discover Honey emaciated, shivering and terrified.

Honey, as named by staff at the Shelter, was taken inside and assessed. At just 10kgs she was almost half her ideal weight and had extremely painful sores on her back legs, suggesting she was kept outside. Honey was transferred to the Godmanchester Shelter where she was given a warm kennel and some comfy blankets to lay on. She has been put on a special diet which will see her consume four to five meals a day to help her reach an ideal weight of approximately 17kgs.

Manager of the London Shelter, Katie Wickins said: “It is disappointing that this individual not only dumped this dog on our doorstep without providing us with a full history which proves invaluable to the Charity when it comes to assessing the dog for rehoming, but more importantly, that this dog was allowed to get in such an horrific state. Honey’s extreme weight loss and pressure sores have not developed over night. It is unacceptable for anyone to allow their pet to suffer in this way. She is a very sweet but also very nervous dog and was clearly very distressed by being left outside. When the man who tied her up left, Honey tried to follow him, when she realised she couldn’t go anywhere she became very distressed and was pulling and spinning trying to get away.”

In January the Charity took in 354 animals including dogs, cats, rabbits and chickens, of which 15.5% (55) were strays.

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42 thoughts on “Caught on Camera: Starving Dog Tied up and Abandoned at Shelter

  1. OMG! What is wrong with people??? Nevermind, we will never know what makes some stupid people tick. Then the fact that the poor dog wanted to follow him! Unconditional love.

  2. i had a thought here that is possible this guy dropping the dog off was NOT the owner. He could have been someone that found the dog wondering the streets and dropped it off at the shelter. This makes me sick to see a dog like this, at least now it is in a much better place.

  3. I was thinking the same thing as Sara that the drop-off person was not the owner. Maybe that’s why she wanted to follow him because he had treated her kindly. Either way, I’m thankful that she has found help.

  4. UGH!!! How could Honey have gotten in such a horrible condition? SHe was neglected for a long time. And despite the neglect she got she still loved her two-legger (who looks extremely well feed may I add) and wanted to be with him.
    Dogs are the most forgiving creatures and tears well up in my eyes for this poor child that only wanted to love….but her two-legger was to consumed in his own selfish gratification to give an ounce to her….

  5. people suck! bring on 12/21/12 – we need an extinction event – God needs to start over with something better than our sorry arses………. juss sayin’

  6. I can’t watch this. It’s bad enough to read the description and see the photo. I wish I could pick her up and hug her.

  7. Although I’m sad that this sweet dog was obviously neglected – I’m glad this person thought enough of her to give her to a group he thought would give her a better life. In the end – he did do the right thing. I hear so many stories of people brutally killing or leaving animals to fend for themselves in harsh conditions – or keeping them for years and years only to continue a sad life suffering on the end of a chain or outside. In the end – this person did do the right thing and the dog will now have a chance at a decent life. For that small act on his part – I’m grateful. And I wish more people that have pets that they no longer want – would do the same.

    1. I was thinking the same thing. Yes the dog looks horribly thin and neglected and there is no excuse for that. BUT we all have seen/read worse than this. Atleast she was brought to a place where she was going to be taken care of. Absolutely no excuse for this. I feel terrible for her

    2. I was thinking the same thing. I’m glad that he left her with hopefully a loving and compassionate org. In St. Louis the Humane Society has inside cages where dogs can be dropped off and shut safely in them,,,no questions asked. I think it beats the alternative. It’s a sad shame that the baby wasn’t dropped off sooner.

  8. That is just not right, I would love to take whoever owned and tied up this poor dog and tie them up and starve them and do whatever they put this poor helpless animal through to them and show them how it feels!!!!! But that is just me, I have to also say I at times would rather have animals to love then people at times being how some humans can be and get SHOCKING just SHOCKING 🙁

  9. This is unforgivable that the dog should have been allowed to get into such a poor condition. But I’m thankful that the man who dropped the dog off where it would be cared for. Are we certain he’s the owner or a good samaritan who may have come to the dog’s rescue? The article was unclear on that point.

  10. I just thank god that he cared enough to bring her to the shelter. Better than leaving her in that condition or to starve to death. How sad the way some people don’t believe animals have feelings too. this just broke my heart but so happy that she is now in a safe place and will find a forever home.

  11. Actually, thank goodness he left her where she is warm and dry and is being fed. I hope she gets a wonderful home. Hang in there, Honey! (and there are a lot of people who don’t deserve a dog…poor Honey was being starved and was sick and she still wanted to go home with her owner…he doesn’t deserve her)

  12. Thank God Honey is now in a safe place. But it is very possible that the man was not her owner but just someone that wanted to get her to a safe place. I found an emaciated dog and took it to our SPCA. If not for the fact that they know me, they could very well have thought I was the dog’s owner. Of course, I did it when they were opened and walked inside with the dog.
    Well, whatever the situation with that man & Honey at least she will get the care and love she deserves now.

  13. Thankfully she survived until someone could care for her properly! So many are dumped alongside a country road.

  14. How very sad. It is so incredibly poignant to see how trusting animals are and how they try to follow those who have abused and/or neglected them.

  15. Poor baby; in a rare moment of kindness toward humans, let me suggest that maybe he knew her and stole her from the creep who kept her like this. Maybe during her sad life, he was the only one to show kindness, which is why she tried to follow him, and maybe he finally got the courage/opportunity to steal her away from the owner. Sometimes you have to remain anonymous when doing such a rescue, and all you can do is leave. I had to do that once with a really, really sick puppy that the owner was not going to humanely take care of, was just letting it die slowly and in agony. I took the puppy in the early morning and left it inside the local shelter’s fence. I couldn’t bear to go inside.

    That was almost 30 years ago…wish I could have done more, but I couldn’t let it suffer longer, and I couldn’t convince the owner to do the right thing.

  16. She will be better off and will find a true loving forever home,I hope the person who did this is charged,it is against the law to abuse and abandon animals,,,,or are there any laws here….

  17. Maybe the guy was not her owner. Maybe he found the dog and rescued her, by bringing her to the shelter. The important thing is that Honey is safe now.

  18. Laura, you may be right actually. Most dog owners that mistreat their animals don’t do this sort of thing. They usually seem to enjoy it too much to stop the abuse. Maybe he was being a good samaritan.

  19. yep their love is unconditional, I’m glad she has another chance to give that gift to someone more deserving of it

  20. If a person was starving their dog, what would make them finally drop it at the shelter? I am also hoping that perhaps this person was rescuing the pup from it’s horrible situation and not the one abusing it.

  21. At the end of the day, regardless of how Honey came to be at the shelter, someone thought enough of her to seek help. This person is probably not the person who neglected Honey, since she would almost certainly have been left to suffer by her tormentor. She’s in the right place now and will hopefully find a new loving forever family. Dogs can thankfully be very resilient to neglect and bounce back from the brink, I have one such dog from a local shelter (old english sheepdog), who we love dearly, he too was near to death when rescued with his own issues of insecurity. The point that I’m trying to make is that with enough love and patience Honey will be okay….. and her tormentor will eventually get divine retribution.

  22. So many of these uncaring people are cowards, hiding their identity under a hood or wearing dark glasses. They know it’s a cruel thing to do and they just don’t care but are only concerned that they might get caught so, of course, a disguise is always needed. It’s disgusting and sickening and I feel so very sad for all these sweet animals who are so trusting and loving. What is wrong with people!!!!!

  23. I bet that is not the owner. He probably found the dog, possibly as a stray, and took the dog to a place where he knew the dog would be taken care of.

  24. I am grateful that the person brought the dog to the shelter… There is a possibility that the dog wasn’t his although I am guessing it was. It is really sad to see a dog so skinny. Even strays look better than that. Thank you to the animal shelter… thank goodness you were there … I wish Honey got there sooner, though. It is sad to think there are plenty of communities where there is no place to drop off unwanted animals.

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