On the evening of August 15, 2020, someone in Colombia loaded their dog into their car and set off. Then they opened the door and let the dog in in the middle of the street Fontibón, Bogotá. Confused, the dog watched with sad eyes who it saw as its family drove away.
Spectators whistled at the driver and tried to get his attention. The man either didn’t hear or pretended not to hear. He cruelly drove on without his dog. But the dog that was left behind still didn’t understand what was going on. He started to trot after the car. Even after the car turned a corner and just kept going. The dog ran after him as long as he could. For the person who left him.
Colombia Oscura shared the video of the devastating scene on Twitter, calling the driver “heartless”:
(English translation) “The community is rebuilding and is asking the authorities to look for a heartless man who left a small dog on a street in the city of Fontibón, Bogotá on the night of August 15th.”
Screenshot, @ ColombiaOscura / Twitter
The effects of the novel coronavirus have resulted in many animals surrendering from people who have lost their jobs and homes. However, most seem to agree that what this person was doing was absolutely wrong.
If you have the stomach for it, the original video is below.
(WARNING: The footage below depicts abandonment and cruelty that can disturb certain viewers.)
#URGENT. The community is rebuilding and is asking the authorities to look for a heartless man who abandoned a small dog on a street in the city of Fontibón, Bogotá, on the night of August 15. @ PoliciaColombia @PoliciaBogota @AnimalesBOG @juliherrerap @MONYRODRIGUEZOF pic.twitter .com / glLX7ZIxZv
– Dark Colombia (@ColombiaOscura) August 17, 2020
Giving up a dog is never the answer
Sure, raising a dog is hard. It takes a lot of work and a lot of love and sometimes a whole lot of money. As dog parents, we know that all of that pales in comparison to the joy they give us every day. But for some it is just not possible to have a dog.
However, there are several ways to include a dog. There’s no reason to just give them up on the street. Not only could you get hit by a car, a domestically raised dog likely doesn’t have the skills to survive out there.
@ Zomogy / Pixabay
If you are unable to take care of your dog, contact your city’s urban animal shelters (and if you don’t know how to do it, call 311 / your country’s emergency number!) Rescue groups or rescue workers who work with certain races. This will give your dog a better chance of finding a new home. Try listing your pet for rehabilitation on Petfinder instead of an unverified website like Craigslist.
NEVER chain or tie your dog in a place that restricts his mobility, prevents him from escaping, or prevents him from being detected. Trust me, someone out there wants to help you and your dog. If you witness animal cruelty, collect adequate evidence before contacting the appropriate authorities.
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Featured image: @ ColombiaOscura / Twitter