When a man found himself in trouble with the police, he left his loving dog in the care of his two friends who were in the car when he got arrested.
However, these were no friends at all as they did the unthinkable to this tiny dog.
They ditched him at the side of the road with a hand scrawled note that read: “Free pup. Name is Scooter. Owner went to jail today.”
The dog was found abandoned in the parking lot of Muv Fitness in Lexington County by Blanca Anahi Cushman and her cousin.
Along with the lonely pup was a duffle bag filled with his toys and bowls.
Cushman rescued the abandoned pup and posted this photo to Facebook with the following explanation:
“My cousin just found this dog tied to a tree at the back of Muv Fitness West Columbia and we don’t know where to go from here…clearly the owner is a piece of garbage and left the dog here. It’s getting dark and I don’t want to leave him does anyone have any ideas please, I can’t keep the dog for the long term.”
The news of the abandoned dog got through to the rescuers at South Eastern Homeless Animals and they stepped up to help him.
Paula Langford, who is the founder of the local animal shelter, went to pick up the dog.
“As soon as I saw him, I knew this was a loved pet,” Langford said. “He was abandoned with an expensive carrying case for him, an expensive collar, a bag of grain-free dog food.”
They scanned his micro chip and found out his owner was 25-year-old Eric Dugwyler, a Colorado man who’d been arrested earlier in the day on marijuana possession charges.
South Eastern Animal Shelter wrote this about the dog on Facebook:
“Scooter is a 6 year old terrier mix who is very well taken care of and has led and will continue to live a pampered life. Scooter is current on all vaccines and preventive and eats a grain free kibble.”
When Eric was arrested he was given the option for all of his belongings – including his dog – to be held by the police or be looked after by his friends.
Eric decided that his friends, Raymond Laskowski, 38, and Allison Laffere, 22, could be put in charge of the dog and they were given strict instructions by the police to keep Scooter safe.
Shortly after the two were put in charge of Scooter they tied him to a pole in the car park, leaving him with the heartbreaking note.
This is a criminal offence. A warrant has been issued for both their arrests and hopefully they will soon be detained and punished for their irresponsible behaviour.
After much deliberation, South Eastern Homeless Animals decided to contact Eric’s mother and tell her Scooter’s story.
The decision was made to allow Scooter to go and live with Eric’s mother in Colorado as it would be good for the dog to live with a familiar face.
Langford said: “It was a very touching and emotional reunion… Scooter was very happy to see his family again.”
South Eastern Homeless Animals help re-home a whole host of dogs. If you think you can help, you can visit their Facebook page here.