Owners Pretend Their Own Dogs Are Strays

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Holly & Tay Tay North Fork Animal Welfare League
Tay Tay & Holly (Photo: North Fork Animal Welfare League)

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The word has been spreading about a pair of dogs that three women brought into the shelter, purportedly as strays.  According to The Dodo, they may have gotten away without anyone being wise to their  story, but for two small things.  The dogs were wearing tags engraved with the owners names.  After some questioning, the trio admitted they were losing their home and couldn’t keep the dogs.

Tay Tay North Fork Animal Welfare League
Tay Tay (Photo: North Fork Animal Welfare League)

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In early September of last year, mother Tay Tay and daughter Holly were left behind.  The Southold Animal Shelter shelter took the dogs in and got them to a veterinarian to have them checked out.  Both were suffering from arthritis and severe skin issues that, unfortunately, has resulted in bumpy skin due to lack of early treatment.  That aside, the girls are in overall good health and seeking forever homes.  The shelter manager, Gabby Stroup, told The Dodo she has even started a Facebook page for Tay Tay in the hopes someone will fall in head over heels for this lovable girl.

Holly by Gabby North Forl Animal Welfare League
Holly (Photo: North Fork Animal Welfare League)

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The adoption page on the website reads in part, “Four-year-old Tay Tay is a ginger-colored, special-needs gal who requires a VERY special owner–one who won’t let a skin condition get in the way of love,” and “Holly is a soft-hearted, special-needs gal who requires a VERY special owner–one who won’t let a superficial condition get in the way of love. Holly enjoys walking, nuzzling, and spending quality time with her human friends at the shelter.” Holly does have some hip issues, but it is also noted that the shelter will try to help off-set costs.

 

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Holly & Tay Tay (North Fork Animal Welfare League)

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You only need to look in their beautiful faces to know they are looking to be someone’s companion. People need to surrender animals for all kinds of reasons, as sad as that is to admit.  What is utterly heartbreaking is to think that the three women, for whatever reason, didn’t want to live up to the the responsibility required of being a pet owner, even if that meant they could no longer take care of their pets. Things happen in life that throw all of us for a loop, but these girls deserved better, if only for their owners being straight forward about their situation.  Owning a pet is a serious responsibility.  We accept being caretakers.  The former owners should be ashamed of their actions and lack of accountability.  Sadly, it is Tay Tay and Holly who are having to suffer, but it is with sincere hope that the right person is out there just ready, willing and able to give them the forever home they deserve.

53 thoughts on “Owners Pretend Their Own Dogs Are Strays”

  1. At least they did not out right abandon them on the street or leave them to starve to death which seems to be a very common thing now days. It’s terrible they had to be surrendered but at least and hopefully they will find a new kind owner.

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  2. The fact that they are dumping their dogs at all makes them scumbags. Unless you’re going to prison or the grave, you have no valid excuse for dumping your pets any more so than if they were human children. The fact that you are of such poor character that you couldn’t even surrender them honestly makes you beyond redemption. I wish only death, disease, and a lifetime of misery on these irresponsible (former) dog owners.

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    • Seriously. The women are losing their home. This is a clear sign they can’t afford to care for the dogs. In some areas jobs are hard to find. Whats wrong with letting people keep a little pride.

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    • And the same to you Steve

      The dogs were not dumped, they were surrendered to an animal shelter.
      Some shelters charge to take the family pet in.
      The last I heard new born human children can be “dumped” at fire-stations, and hospitals.
      Apartments that take pets charge a large pet deposit, or jack the monthly amount per pet, now since these woman were losing their home how would they make the rent?
      O I get it you want them to live in their car! Ya that is a good place for dogs.

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  3. Enough about these woman. At least they surrendered the dogs and they are safe. Now lets help find these two precious babe and get them the help they need. Lets find them a rescue group or a foster home. And start a GO FUND ME PAGE FOR HOLLY AND TAY TAY TO HELP WITH THERE TREATMENT.

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  4. Shaming someone losing their home is horrible. The best interest of a pet can be accepting that you can not take care of it. Situations chance. If you are losing your home having a pet can be a luxury you can’t afford. Hotels don’t all allow pets and homeless shelters certainly don’t. Can any of you hostly say you would sleep on the streets to keep your pet? I would have lied to avoid the ridicule that these women were put through. None of us can predict the future you can lose your home, your job, your health and your pet can become a burden you have to give up. These women don’t deserve death threats. How much sense does it make to lose your home because you are paying vet bills. The economy is not great.

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  5. The consequence of shaming people for bringing their own animals into a shelter is that more people will just dump their animals by the roadside. I had a co-worker who lived out in the country where pet-dumping is a weekly occurrence. She and her husband tried bringing the dogs to the local shelter and were shamed for it so much that her husband ended up just shooting and burying all the dogs that were dumped in their rural area. Terrible? YES!

    So stop shaming people. Yes, I can’t imagine not taking care of my animals, but if I was suddenly jobless and homeless, what would I do?? I don’t know. Currently I have adopted a feral colony in a wooded area where people dump their cats. Is it better to dump cats in the woods than to bring them to a shelter. NO! So stop the shaming! The animal shelter who has made “shaming” part of their sales pitch for rehoming the dogs that get dropped off is making a grievous error. How do they know that people aren’t dumping their animals instead now, for fear of being publicly shamed?

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  6. The important thing is the dogs are safe.
    Let the rest go. Anyone who is interested could contact the shelter for the story.
    We could all put our energy towards shutting down puppy mills and only adopting shelter pets.
    Any of you can donate food to a shelter, a few dollars, some time at a shelter to walk the dogs .
    Don’t be angry, take some positive action at a shelter today, the animals will appreciate the attention and care.you give. to them.

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