Animal Lifeline 'devastated' as Bruce dumped so owners can go on holiday

-Credit: (Image: Animal Lifeline)
-Credit: (Image: Animal Lifeline)


A kennels was left 'heartbroken' after an elderly dog with lumps on his body was dumped - so his owners could go on holiday. Animal Lifeline says 'beautiful boy' Bruce was abandoned because he had become an 'inconvenience'.

The Stoke-on-Trent-based charity explained Staffie Bruce's owners could not find a kennels to take him while they went abroad as he was not up to date with his vaccinations. And instead of making alternative arrangements, the family callously decided to give him up.

In a lengthy post Animal Lifeline has asked StokeonTrentLive to share, the charity explained: "Bruce wasn’t accepted at a holiday boarding kennels as they hadn’t had him vaccinated so they decide instead to rehome him as he’s a problem.

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"For most of us this is not what any of us would do and would cancel or rearrange a holiday if our pet care wasn’t finalised, but sadly this is what we have had to deal with after Bruce found himself being given up by his owners who have had him for all of his 10 years and decided he needed ‘to go’ today.

"Having owners seem really happy we would take a pet they’ve had for so long is not something we often see, and for most people having up give up a pet is devastating and is a total last resort.

"Bruce is understandably confused, stressed and doesn’t know where his owners have gone but he will be getting plenty of care, attention and love from us and will soon learn he will never be abandoned again or left without a backward glance.

Animal Lifeline is now caring for Bruce -Credit:Animal Lifeline
Animal Lifeline is now caring for Bruce -Credit:Animal Lifeline

"Luckily we have emergency kennels for dogs in urgent need but Bruce is a pet who should never have been put in this situation. We don’t often post the reasons our dogs come to us unless they are strays as for some people it’s such a hard decision and one that they haven’t done without a lot of emotion.

"Seeing Bruce happily handed over with a variety of reasons such as he pulls, he’s too lively and without any personal items to settle him in has really left us disheartened, shocked and devastated for this beautiful boy, but also determined to find him a loving retirement home when he’s ready.

"Bruce will need vaccinating, neutering and have some lumps checked out so the charity will now have to fund this while his owners enjoy their holiday."

And in a parting message, Animal Lifeline added: "Bruce you are safe now and won’t be discarded again, and wherever the holiday is we hope it rains… a lot."

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