There are few things in this world as heartbreaking as seeing animals suffer. It’s why, collectively, we donate millions of dollars to animal charities every year whilst simultaneously lavishing our own pets with an obscene amount of chew toys, snacks and walks.
We treat our furry friends like they are truly part of the family. For parents, they become an additional child, and for the children, they become a sibling – minus the quarrels over who’ll ride shotgun, the physical fights over the biggest slice of chocolate cake (dogs are allergic) and the tantrums thrown during a long walk, something a dog would never complain about.
So when people part with their pooches, it can be difficult to understand what possessed them to do such a thing. The instant assumption is that they simply didn’t care enough or that they were irresponsible and bought a dog despite not being equipped to give it the attention it needed.
This was the conclusion that Ann Flores came to when she watched two different women drag their dogs to an adoption shelter. Evidently, from the scenes that Flores was able to capture on her camera, the dogs knew that they were about to be abandoned.
This led them to protest in the parking lot as their desperate owners tried to pull them through the doors of Harris County Animal Shelter in Houston, Texas.
Determined to deposit their dog at the shelter, the women finally relented in picking them up and carrying them into the building. Recalling the harrowing scene she witnessed, Flores told The Dodo: “[One of the dogs] laid on his back and just rolled over. It was like he was saying, ‘Please don’t take me in here’.”
“[The owners] were both pulling, but the dogs wouldn’t budge,” Flores said. “They had to pick them up because they just would not move. They would not walk in there.”
“They didn’t care. They were just laughing and giggling because the dogs wouldn’t move. To them, it was just like throwing trash away. There was no remorse, nothing,” Flores adds hauntingly.
Heartbroken by what she’d witnessed, Flores sent the disturbing footage to Harris County Animal Volunteers who work to rehome dogs and cats from the shelter. With little time to save the dog’s lives – the shelter was full and as a result, the confused canines would be facing euthanasia in just a few days – the charity sent out a plea for any kindhearted animal lovers to step forward and adopt Truman and Mandi, as they were later named.
Thankfully, their call for help didn’t fall on deaf ears for both Truman and Mandi would find loving new homes where they are now being truly spoilt. Whilst they may have landed on all four paws, the dogs still have a long journey to travel before they are completely free of their traumatic past.
But for now, they are enjoying their freedom, acutely aware of how close they came to a terrible fate that day when their owners gave them up.
See Mandi’s incredible transformation in this cute video clip…
Their story has divided opinion online, with those who blame the owners entirely, battling with those who view the owner’s actions as responsible.
There are those who cannot believe the owner’s behavior…
…and those who sympathize with them over what must have been a very difficult decision…
What side do you sway to? Do you think the owners are to blame? Or do you think they did the most responsible thing they could?