A shocking message to owners of Wisconsin’s fire hydrant dog

These photos posted by Kylie Rose Engelhardt on Facebook nearly broke the internet and millions of hearts earlier this week, but they also taught us why we should never judge a book by its cover.

When I first saw these photos, I got slightly furious. I understand that people go through tough times and have no choice but to abandon their pet when they can no longer care for it, but why tie it to a fire hydrant? Can’t they find a way to get him to an animal shelter and get him back safely?!? Yes, most animal shelters charge a fee for delivering your pet, but most of them will work with someone who just can’t afford it.

The only thing that kept me from starting to spit fire seeing an abandoned dog tied to a fire hydrant was the fact that the owner(s) left a backpack full of toys, food, treats and a note as well. To me, it shows that they care about their “Baby Girl” and really want her to find the loving home she deserves.

Wisconsin Humane Society response to owners of baby girls

After taking care of Baby Girl, the Green Bay Campus of the Wisconsin Humane Society shared a heartwarming update and a special message for the dog’s former owners on Facebook. The part that really hit me hard in the sensations was this;

First off, we’re sorry you had to part ways with your best friend. It’s obvious how much you loved him and we can see that you did your best while battling your own medical complications and life challenges. We see your love in the bag you carefully packed with all of his favorite things. We see your love in the way you tied her leash so she wouldn’t get run over by a car. We see your love in the way you placed her in the middle of a neighborhood where she would quickly be found. We see your love in Baby Girl’s happy and healthy appearance. And we see your love in the note you left, pleading for someone to help you when you couldn’t.

If the Humane Society isn’t crazy about how Baby Girl was delivered, how can we be?

Baby Girl is still in mandatory wandering confinement at the Wisconsin Humane Society in Green Bay, but she will soon be ready to find her new forever home. If you are interested in adopting Baby Girl, visit wihumane.org.

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