A golden retriever tied to a park bench with a heartbreaking note is ecstatic after being rescued.
Boston, a seven-year-old golden retriever mix, was left in Mexico City on Nov. 22 without food or water.
Its former owner left a message on the sofa that was weighed down by a rock.
Part of it read, “Please, I ask you to adopt this adorable dog and take good care of him.
“It hurts a lot to leave my dog here, but I decided to leave him because my family always treated him badly and it would always hurt to see him in that condition.”
Boston was so afraid of the locals trying to help him that he tried to bite them.
Fortunately, the terrified pup has now been rescued by Marcela Goldberg, 54, who runs an animal shelter called Mascotas Coyoacan.
She said: “He was in good physical shape when we discovered him, but he had no water or food since the early morning when he was abandoned and we arrived around 5:00 pm.
“The locals had tried to help him, but they had to approach him with food and water on a long stick because he was very nervous and kept trying to bite everyone who approached.
“Luckily they managed to feed him some sausages on a stick because he was so starving.”
The puppy tried to bite Marcela several times when she approached him, but she was able to gain his trust with food and the help of a trainer.
She said, “It was tied up so that I had to detach the collar from the lead, which was impossible without being bitten.
So I had to put a new strap around his neck and cut out whoever was holding him to the couch.
Once he was released, he changed his attitude. He was extremely scared but tried not to bite again.
“We took him to the car and had to struggle a bit to get him in, but once inside he started to relax and we could touch and caress him for the first time with protective gloves.”
Boston is now staying with Marcela in Mascotas Coyoacán while undergoing a medical exam, but will soon be relocated with a loving family.
She said: “We are working with him to build trust in people so that his future home will not have a problem with people outside the family.
“He learns to trust and is very happy, playing with balls and acting like a puppy should.”
Marcela notes that the coronavirus pandemic has seen an exponential increase in the number of abandoned dogs.
She added, “Mexican people are having a really hard time because many people work in an informal economy that has been badly affected by the Covid pandemic and are no longer able to feed their pets.
Plus, many of them don’t think pets are family, but things, so it’s unfortunately the first expense they cut.
“And there are thousands and thousands of dogs wandering, dogs that had a home not so long ago.”
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