January 18, 2015 1:00 pm -

[su_right_ad]Abandoning an animal is an act of cruelty.  Too many families do this with a total lack of consciousness.

The pit bull was reportedly left by a Phoenix, Arizona family that was moving out of their house. A neighbor discovered the dog after she returned home from work on Thursday, and asked the home’s new owners if the dog belonged to them. The new owners, who were in the process of moving in, told her that the dog had been on the couch all day long.

“I guess the old owners had left him there,” she said. After attempting to find a home for the dog, the woman ended up calling animal control. Animal control then transferred the dog to the Arizona Humane Society.

After the neighbor posted a photo of the dog on Facebook, animal control said they became flooded with calls from people wanting to help.

“We’ve been inundated with calls, people, rescue groups, people that want to step up and help,” animal control representative Melissa Gable said. “When I saw it, I almost cried. It’s this picture of this dog and he looks so pitiful and tiny.”

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D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

18 responses to Family Moves; Leaves Dog On Couch On Roadside

  1. Anomaly 100 January 18th, 2015 at 1:20 pm


    • mea_mark January 18th, 2015 at 1:30 pm

      At least they didn’t leave the couch on the front porch …

      • Larry Schmitt January 18th, 2015 at 1:50 pm

        It’s Arizona, not Arkansas.

      • Anomaly 100 January 18th, 2015 at 1:57 pm

        But it’s on the front lawn. That makes me angry, too.

  2. Larry Schmitt January 18th, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    The shelter was flooded with offers to adopt. That always happens when something like this hits the news. Where are those people tomorrow, when the shelter still has hundreds of adoptable pets who would be great with kids, and may be killed otherwise? And I would have been no more surprised if they had left one of their kids on the couch.

  3. Gindy51 January 18th, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Sometimes I just fucking hate some human beings, may where ever they go be infested with bed bugs.

    • Larry Schmitt January 18th, 2015 at 1:48 pm

      The biggest kind there is.

      • dave-dr-gonzo January 18th, 2015 at 2:15 pm

        And itchiest.

  4. StoneyCurtisll January 18th, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    People who abuse/abandon their pets are the same type of people that abuse/abandon their children..

    • dave-dr-gonzo January 18th, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      They should be spayed and neutered.

      • Larry Schmitt January 18th, 2015 at 2:32 pm


  5. arc99 January 18th, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    My wife and I raise and show Boston Terriers. Yes I am one of those responsible breeders who some people think should stop breeding. Whenever someone inquires if know anyone who has puppies available, the first thing we tell them is to check with their local shelter or breed-specific volunteer rescue organization.

    When we do breed, our highest priority is to make sure that not one of our puppies ever ends up in a shelter. We make it explicitly clear in writing, that if for any reason the person who purchases one of our puppies cannot keep it, there is a lifetime guarantee they can return the dog to us, no questions asked.

    When we are placing a puppy we are extremely selective about who gets one of our dogs. The first filter is the price which is $2000 firm for a dog that does not have show potential. That weeds out a lot of people who might be inclined to treat their pet like a disposable napkin. Other red flags are responses like, “I used to have one but my boyfriend did not like it”, or the kids have promised to take care of it.

    That elimination process is why we currently have 11 Boston Terriers in our home ranging from 6 months to 10 years old. We placed one out of the 4 pups in the last litter with someone we have known for 15 years, who has retired from showing and whose only other dog is facing the inevitable at the ripe old age of 13.

    I know there are people who will say that people like my wife and myself are part of the problem. People should not patronize breeders and should get their dogs from a shelter. My response is that I just don’t see how it would be a positive development if the only way a person can get a dog is from the actions of people who do not give a sh*t about the dog’s welfare. So we responsible breeders continue to fight the good fight as best we can and protect the dogs we love.

    Trust me, money is not part of the equation. Even at $2000 and up for a puppy with a typical litter of 4-5 pups, when you factor in the expenses of doing this right as far as veterinary and routine care, and traveling to shows to establish the credibility of your bloodline, if money were my main objective, I would be better off with a part time job at Walmart.

    The bottom line is that people like myself do our best to make sure that no dog ever ends up in the home of the contemptible scum who threw their pet in the trash. In my opinion, responsible breeders are much more able to do accomplish that goal than a shelter, no matter how good their intentions might be.

    • StoneyCurtisll January 18th, 2015 at 3:19 pm

      I love those Boston Terriers…

      • arc99 January 18th, 2015 at 5:44 pm

        a bigger view of my avatar, our oldest girl Destiny

    • Ronald Woolever January 21st, 2015 at 12:11 pm

      You seem to be going through a lot of explanation for what you do. Perhaps you have heard the expression by Shakespere “Me think thou doest protest too much”.
      I really like how you justify over-charging for your pups by saying it keep the low life’s away. Perhaps you are legitimate breeders, but the fact it the world is overcrowed with animals that as a result are treated with great cruelty. You making a profit only makes matters worse.

  6. Apocalypse January 18th, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    I’m happy this dog is getting rescued.
    The fate for millions of pits is not so good due to breed discrimination.

  7. Kathy McGrath January 18th, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    So has ANY effort been made to track down these scumbags and prosecute them for animal cruelty/abandonment?

  8. rg9rts January 19th, 2015 at 6:56 am

    Some people have a heart..