This is the heartbreaking story a dog was dumped by his owners at a park.
The saddest thing about the entire thing is that the poor doggo has absolutely no idea what is happening - and wags his tail as he is abandoned.
The shocking moment was caught on camera.
And now the authorities have stepped in...
Dogs are truly man's best friend.
In fact, it's basically what unites the internet.
They are part of the family.
And they remain one of our nation's favorite pets.
But, it's no secret that dogs aren't for everyone...
via: Getty ImagesAnd that’s fair enough. But what isn’t fair enough is when people neglect and abuse dogs, or any animal, for that matter.
Too many people still hurt and abandon innocent and defenseless animals...
via: Getty ImagesShockingly, about seventy million stray animals are living in the U.S. alone - proving that alarming numbers of people think it's acceptable to dump or abandon their pets.
But of course, there is hope.
All a dog needs is a second chance...And for someone to care for them.
But some people just don't get this.
The doggo had no idea what was going on.And could be seen wagging its little tail as its owners walked the golden retriever towards woodland before running back to the car.
Thankfully the dog was rescued.
Those at I Paw'd It Forward were disgusted.And posted a large rant on Facebook, addressing just how bad it is to abandon your pets.
And thankfully, those responsible were caught.Writing about the ordeal, I Paw'd It Forward said: "Before you start reading, I would like to update everyone on the status of this case. We believe we have identified the owner. Through the incredible tips we have received, we are pretty confident we have identified her. We have provided her information to Law Enforcement/Animal Control and they will be following up on this. We will not be sharing her information at this time."
"Thank you to EVERYONE.""Everyone that called in tips, that tried to make out the plate, that spent hours reviewing the video to put things together. Thank you to Alyssa and Brandon for not standing by and letting this play out. Thank you to them for stepping up for this pup, for being his voice."
"We need more people like you!"
"This is what an abandoned dog looks like!""They are still here. They are still waiting. They are still searching for you to return. They are confused. They do not understand why the humans they devoted their lives to, have disappeared."
"There are no reasons to do this.""None. There are a bunch of excuses, but no reasons. There are a whole slew of options available if you decide your dog is not for you, or your life has changed, or whatever you have convinced yourself is what you need."
So what should you do instead?"Instead of dumping your dog somewhere, offer him/her the same courtesy you offered him when you adopted him. If you need to rehome him, ok. But be patient. Find the right home. Reach out to the rescues in your area. Contact the Humane Society and schedule a surrender. If they say you need to wait your turn and it could be 2-3 weeks, wait. Do right by them."
"Animals can't fail!""They can only do what we have taught them. They only know what we teach them. They only know how to love us. They don't know how to give up. They don't know how life changes effect us past how much more they need to love you. Give them the courtesy they have given you. If you can't keep your animal for whatever your reason, ok. But be humane. Be compassionate. Show them love in transition. They did not ask you to adopt them, that was YOUR decision."
Now, Animal control has spoken out.
via: Shutterstock"Abandonment is considered to be animal cruelty," an animal control officer involved in the case told KATU2.
"It was her understanding that she had run out of options based on what she had told our investigating officers."
via: Shutterstock"She was unable to find a home for him on her own and had run out of options, in her mind." It's believed the owner may face misdemeanor or civil charges.