Elderly couple surrender their 13-year-old dog with heartbreaking note

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CALIFORNIA -- A 13-year-old dachshund is getting a second chance at life after he was found outside an animal shelter with a heartbreaking note from an elderly couple who said they could no longer afford to care for him.

According to KTLA, "Harley" was found tied to a basket outside Baldwin Park Animal Shelter in California Thursday.Dachshund

A note found with Harley explained that the dachshund has had a skin disease for years and had gotten very sick.

“We are both seniors, sick with no money. We cannot pay for vet bills, or to put him to sleep. He has never been away from us in all those years, he cannot function without us, please put him to sleep,” stated the note, which ended without identifying the owners.

CaptufsdreA worker at the shelter called Toby Wisneski, CEO and founder of Leave No Paws Behind, to see if her organization could help.

Otherwise, Harley would be put to sleep.

Harley was welcomed with opened arms at the organization, Leave No Paws Behind, which is a nonprofit, foster-based rescue.

Although Harley did test positive for noncontagious demodectic mange, his blood work came back fine and he was expected to be OK, according to Wisneski.

Wisneski said what Harley’s owners did was an act of kindness and probably saved his life. He said he would like to return Harley to his owners, but has been unable to locate them.

Wisneski said that if the owners can be deemed capable of caring for Harley, then Leave No Paws Behind would pay for his medical expenses.

Read more: KTLA


  • allboymom

    Praying Harley gets reunited with his parents REAL SOON,,they need each other forever….God Bless you folks @ Leave no paws behind for your kindness and love of animals!!!!

  • Lou Tabor

    I have senior dogs that I have rescued. I want to see Harley go home. I have promised $25.00 monthly to his elderly owners. Maybe others will join in and keep this family together. I love the old guys.

  • dobydog1

    I hope the couple comes forward to get their do g back. after all these years together they need each other. it is great that there are groups that will help people care for their pets in need.

  • Julie

    That had to be the hardest thing that couple ever did. It is sad. I am really hoping they see this story and they can be reunited with him. He is a beautiful little boy.

  • Sandilovesthelord

    I hope that all the news stations will broadcast this story in the area of where Hartley was found and let the couple know they can get Hartley back. Please do this until they are all reunited. Make mention of the dog and a number they can call to get him back.I am praying for a happy reunion!

  • anom

    what a sad….but happy story. hope harley will find a forever home soon to live out his remaining years! such a cute thing too!

  • Dog Lover

    Doesn’t look like an elderly person’s penmanship. I don’t buy the story. Probably a fabricated story in an attempt by the animal group to collect a large number of donations from goodhearted people (animals are always a good charity, unless the funds fall into greedy hands). If the story is true, the “elderly couple” is garbage for pinning a note to their dog and dropping it off, hoping for the best. When an animal is part of your family, you don’t shove them off and turn your back. 50/50 on whether this story is a lie or if the garbage people actually did this.

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