It’s a big responsibility taking on a dog, and not a responsibility that should be taken lightly.
When you take a dog home you must be prepared to feed it and give it the exercise it needs, not to mention the love it deserves for a lifetime of loyalty.
Unfortunately, not everyone is prepared to do this or they have good intentions and then the novelty wears off, or maybe they suddenly have big commitments that take them away from their pet.
Whatever the reason, it’s wrong to neglect an animal that you have taken ownership of.
One woman realized she had done wrong by her pet and tried to lie her way out of it, only to find herself dealing with the long arm of the law.
Six months after Alexandra Drew adopted Richter in 2016, she returned the dog claiming it was a stray.
After a check of his microchip by the Humane Society of Sarasota County, in Florida, staff discovered that the woman who returned the dog claiming he was a stray was in fact the person who had adopted him six months ago.
Lieutenant Daniel Tutko, who handled the case, said, according to Relieved, “[Richter] was very thin. You could see the outline of the rib cage; you could see the bones protruding from its back.
“It was in bad shape. She continued to try and put blame on someone else, as to why the dog was in the shape that it was.”
When asked why Richter was in the emaciated state he was in Drew said she was “too busy with work” to feed him, according to Fox 13 News.
A reporter from WFLA News Channel 8 spoke to Drew who said: “I feel terrible, I was scared so I lied. I’m taking responsibility, I don’t deny anything.
“I’m not a bad person, this makes me seem like a monster.”
Drew was arrested and charged with animal cruelty, according to Relieved.
Richter was nursed back to health and adopted by a loving family who are committed to giving this sweet animal all the care he needs.
I’m so glad there is a happy ending to Richter’s story but unfortunately too many animals are in this situation. If you suspect the mistreatment of any animal, please report it to your nearest animal shelter.
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