So, last night I was at the animal shelter to pick up the de-worming meds for the kittays. And while I was there, waiting for the meds, a woman came in with three little girls and a shih-tzu on a leash. The woman went up to the counter and said that she had called earlier about dropping off a dog. And the worker gave her a form to fill out. I figured that the dog was a stray that the family had found.
Now, this shih-tzu was not a puppy, but it was not an old dog either. Maybe middle-aged. And it was all perky and bright-eyed and wagging its tail. Friendly little thing.
But then I noticed that the dog was wearing a collar. And there were tags on the collar. And I thought, why didn't the family just call the phone number on the tags and contact the owner? Why are they bringing it to the shelter?
By this time, Mom had the form filled out, so they handed the leash over to a shelter worker and off they went - Mom and the three little girls, back out into the sunny day.
And one shelter worker said to another: "Do you even believe this shit?"
And I said, "Wait a minute. Um...... was that their dog?" And the shelter worker said, "Yep."
Mom and her three little girls had just dropped the family dog off at the animal shelter and left without a backward glance. Without a hug or a tearful goodbye. Nothing - just out the door they went.