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For most pet owners, the thought of anyone so much as yelling at their pooch is enough to get their blood boiling. However, the very people who were supposed to be looking after two-year-old pup Coby got rid of him by leaving him at a shelter.
Why? Because apparently they'd grown tired of him going through the bins. An unforgivable punishment for what is typical dog behaviour.
Shelter volunteer Samira El-Hage shared footage of the scared dog on Friends of Fairfield County SC Animal Shelter's Facebook page, showing the poor pup cowering in the corner at South Carolina's Fairfield County Shelter wondering why his owners had abandoned him.
She wrote: "I had no idea he was a surrender... surrendered because he kept getting into the trash?? I thought he was picked up as a stray.
"That explains why he is scared out of his mind... almost like a feral dog would be... but not once did he growl, or try to bite. He wanted to hide under the raised bed or run away when we got outside.
"He kept trying to chew the leash and would not look at us, he had to be carried out and carried back in... and he just stands in that corner facing the wall."
Now before your heart breaks beyond all repair, let us point out that this story thankfully does have a happy ending.
As reported by The Dodo, El-Hage wasn't the only one moved by Coby's predicament. Leigh Maddox, founder of Compassion For Cats of Delaware, caught wind of the story and was in disbelief that a family would abandon their loving pet - and for such a small thing.
And so she immediately got to planning the nine-hour journey to get Coby to a new home in Delaware, taking on the help of charity Pilots N Paws to transport him over safely to his loving new foster mom, Olivia Fritz.
Maddox told The Dodo: "He tugged at my heartstrings and I instantly knew we had to pull him [from the shelter]."
It's been nearly a month since Fritz has looked after Coby and slowly but surely he's learning to love his new life. Although he's still shy and understandably shaken, his foster mum is there every step of the way, helping him to get to a good place before he can be ready to find his forever home.
Fritz added: "My personal dogs have ALWAYS been trash diggers and we as a family have come up with creative ways to help with that behavior.
"This is what a family should do when they own dogs - not dump them in a shelter. The entire story just broke my heart.
"He is super special to the rescue and he will get nothing but the best home when he is ready!"
Amazing news! Hats off to Fritz for her kindness and patience - here's hoping Coby builds up his confidence even more and finds the permanent and loving home he so clearly deserves.
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