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

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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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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’

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

    • 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

    • 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.


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