2 dogs tied to hedges, left outside Tampa shelter in one week

Image courtesy Humane Society of Tampa Bay

TAMPA, FL (WFLA) – Two puppies were found abandoned by the Humane Society of Tampa Bay tied to the hedges this week.

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay posted the photo of one of the pups on their Facebook and Twitter pleading with all dog owners in our area to spay and neuter their pets not to have to do this with the unwanted puppies.

According to the post, the female pup, about 6 months old, was left tied to the hedges on the corner of Leroy and Howard Thursday. The twine used to tie her was the same as on the puppy left by the hedges a couple of days ago.

“Literally, tied to that, you see that bottom branch there?” Sherry Silk, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay CEO, said. “Tied here. And the puppies that we had this morning were kind of laying down there.  She was standing here barking when we came outside, here she was.”

The sign on the twine said ‘Free’ on both dogs.

“I just think people are afraid or maybe they’re embarrassed,” she said. “Maybe they think we’ll ask them for money, and we do ask them for a donation but if you don’t have any money, we’ll take the animal anyway. I’m not sure why.”

The shelter staffers reminded about the low-cost options for spaying and neutering to those pet owners who don’t want to end up with unwanted pups.

Christopher Stegall, a pet owner, thinks it’s horrible.

“I mean, if you have the time to bring it down here, you should do it while they’re open,” he said. “Take responsibility for it. Do the right thing?  Yep, do the right thing. ”

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