Abandoned Dog to Be Reunited With Owners

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An elderly couple will reunite with their 13-year-old Dachshund, named Otto Wolfgang Maximus, after thinking he was too sick for them to care for. Otto's owners could not afford a trip to the vet, nor could they stand to see their beloved dog in pain. The couple brought Otto to the Baldwin Park Animal Shelter in Baldwin Park, Calif., on March 6. They attached a note asking that Otto be "put to sleep."

Couple to Be Reunited with Abandoned Dog

"We are both seniors, sick with no money," the note said. "We cannot pay for vet bills, or to put him to sleep. He has never been away from us in all those years, he cannot function without us, please put him to sleep."

The staff at the shelter recognized that Otto was not as sick as his owners believed. Instead of euthanizing him, they contacted No Paws Left Behind, a non-profit organization whose stated mission is, in part, to "save adoptable animals from Kern County shelters who are in danger of being euthanized simply because of overcrowded facilities."

No Paws Left Behind's CEO, Toby Wisneski, tracked down Otto's owners and offered to pay for all of the dog's medical needs for the rest of his life.

"We thought he was dead, but he lives," said Otto's owner. "He's being well taken care of and, boy, we're just so extremely grateful."

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April 01 2014 at 11:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hi Art & Nan

Thank you, Letty Bromenschenkel! Your posting is RIGHT ON!!!

March 17 2014 at 11:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Becki Roberts

I don't think that the dog should be returned to the previous owners. They dumped him there!! There are many more "suitable" homes for this great little guy, and he deserves it.

March 17 2014 at 11:41 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

They are not senior citizens. They are not disabled. They are merely obese. They are not poor. They are traveling ministers who give little talks then beg for money. They are not a legal church, corporation or non-profit. They make $60,000/year. The dog only had mites. He didn't have bloody diarrhea or vomiting. They left his mites untreated for three years. It's also a crime to dump an animal. They left it outside where anyone could have taken it and used it as dog fighting bait. California Codes. Penal Code. Part 1. Of Crimes and Punishments. Title 14. Malicious Mischief. § 597s. Abandonment of animals (a) Every person who willfully abandons any animal is guilty of a misdemeanor. Anyone who abandons an animal is subject to a $500 fine and/or up to six months in jail. Animal neglect is also a crime. Not providing veterinary care is animal neglect which is covered under 597.

March 17 2014 at 12:19 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
3 replies to Nancy's comment

I don't believe all of this story. The owners abandoned this poor dog because he was no longer wanted. They are out of state yet they claim their tires on their car won't bring them back to town any time soon. They are looking for handouts. I think the truth will come out in the near future. Poor or not, you don't traumatize an elderly animal like this.

March 16 2014 at 11:19 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Another commenter has posted this link proving this poor dog is part of a scam. It's not the "feel good" story we thought it was. The owners are scam artists. http://animaladvocateswildliferehabilitation.blogspot.ca/

March 16 2014 at 11:01 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

One of the unfortunate things wrong with this country is it's problem with ATTITUDE.....
On so many site were comments are posted, that is demonstrated by the Mean, Cruel, Unfeeling, Virulent, Petty, Vicious, Judgmental, Opinionated, Uninformed, Misinterpreted, Vile swill people post about situations/people/circumstances they do not have the facts of, or involvement in.....it's this ATTITUDE which permits one to make such posts, that's propelling the United States right down the garbage shoot it's headed for.....ATTITUDE Adjustment called for...sure things get one down, same here....but ATTITUDE is EVERTHING...and a poor attitude is a real downer for oneself and everyone else.....a destroyer. Sorry I just get spent on seeing so much of this, and it's unfortunate, because it's self-fulfilling negativity which gets spewed into the world working it's insidious harm to individuals and society at large.....how do these people think things are going to improve with such negativity projected? Time to cultivate "right attitude, right thought, right motivation, right conscientiousness".....as in The Golden Rule which is older than Christianity but adopted by it, and the "right...etc." is the Eightfold Path of Taoism....outer turmoil perhaps, but inner peace is assured....I keep In mind various Haiku...one in particular..."Since my house burned down, I have a better view of the moon"....always makes me laugh and frees my spirit. .

March 16 2014 at 11:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The credit for his rescue goes to LEAVE NO PAWS BEHIND from Sun Valley, CA, not No Paws Left Behind. All rescue groups are great, but this reporter should have gotten the story straight.

March 16 2014 at 10:51 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to shellyandnat's comment

It was a blog and the writer has gone back and wrote she was taken in by the original story and has since written it was a scam. The people even set up a paypal account and were taking donations. The dog was suffering only from mites and was untreated for 3 yrs. They were just dumping the poor thing. AOL reprinted this blog as a "heart warming" story without knowing it is a big scam and CA could be prosecuting. Way to go

March 17 2014 at 12:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I dont think this was a decision they took lightly. It was a terrible decision made by people who felt hopeless. I can only imagine the amount of pain these people felt. Its easy to hear this and say you would never make the same decision. Sometimes when you are caught between a rock and a hard place, you do what you feel you must regardless of how badly it tears you apart. For all you negative posters, try to find some of the very compassion you so readily point out this couple was lacking. Do I think they made the right decision ?...I cannot say. I wasnt in the situation. Have I felt hopeless and helpless and had to make tough choices none of seemed the "right thing" to do? Absolutely. I am the proud papa of three beautiful dogs...one an adopted 3 year old dachshund who was passed between 10 families before my partner and I rescued him...or he rescued us. My partner and I had lost our 16yo dachshund a year before he came to us. We loved our little boy with all our hearts, and were crushed when he passed. It took time for us to heal the damage done to our new son. He had trust issues and you could tell he was afraid to actually get close. With time...and tons of love...we healed him...and he healed us right back. Today he is an amazing boy who I firmly believe was always meant to be with us. And if he had fingers, you would find me completely wrapped around them. Do I judge the people who couldnt care for him, no.

March 16 2014 at 10:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thank you to No Paws Left Behind and the kind vets who treated this dog. The story of the previous owner (who dumped their dog) sounds strange. I think the group that helped the dog should consider finding a proper home for the dog as it really doesn't sound like the owners will take good care of him. If they can afford the gas and expenses to travel out of town it seems as though they could have taken care of their dog better.

March 16 2014 at 10:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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