face hides a very sad story. We
call it “The Angel In The Blue Box”.
For nearly two years, one of our
volunteers had been agonizing over a case of animal neglect right
next door to her. Every
time she looked out her kitchen window, she would get a lump in her
throat over what she saw. When
German Shepherd Rescue heard this sad story, we knew that we had to
brought her home as an adorable 3 month old puppy and immediately
relegated her to a six foot by five foot chain link cage in the back
yard where she spent every day and every night
of her life. Despite
the fact that the family had several children, no one ever played
with Angel, no one trained her, no one took her for a walk.
When Angel cried for attention, the family covered her pen
with blue plastic tarps on top and all sides so that the ONLY thing
this sad little puppy could see was the garage wall directly in
front of her. The
family walked in and out of the house past Angel every day, but no
one ever stopped to pet her or comfort her.
Instead, when she barked, they shouted, “Shut up, Angel”,
so often that she started thinking that her name was
this situation, our volunteer spoke with the family several times
over the years and told them that this was no way to keep a
dog and no example to set for children. When asked WHY they wanted a dog at all, the family responded
“for breeding and protection.”
Our volunteer tried to educate the owners about the need to
provide Angel with toys and exercise, and about what a wonderful
family member she could become, but they did not listen.
Instead, as Angel grew older and became more and more
frustrated in her cramped blue cell, they put a bark collar on her
to shock her when ever she barked for attention.
When Angel chewed through the chain link fence to try to free
herself from the prison, they TIED her inside of it so that she
could not escape, and placed wooden boards on the front of her cage
where she had damaged it, taking away what remained of her garage
called County Animal Control to express concern, officers paid the
family visits, but said that no law was being broken if the dog had ample water, shade and a six
foot length of chain! Apparently,
California law is so weak in this area that as long as the minimum
requirements are being met, officers can not issue citations or
remove the animal from the situation!
Pets are still regarded as “property”, so owners are not
required to provide them with love or kindness!
Fortunately, this month, something remarkable happened. The
very same volunteer was scouting the local shelter to look for
German Shepherds in distress when she came upon a dog with the name
“Angel” imprinted on its cage card. The volunteer ran to the shelter office and learned
that, sure enough, this was the very same Angel that had lived her
entire life in a blue box. Apparently,
the owners had grown tired of her.
The reason they gave for dumping this poor dog was
“barking”. At age
two, Angel was no longer wanted.
German Shepherd Rescue is able to offer Angel a second chance to
live her life--to romp and play and roll in the grass like every
puppy should! Because
of her very sad start, Angel craves attention.
She is just beginning to see the world outside of her
box--trees, flowers, fresh air and other animals are all brand new
to her! She likes most people, but is a little uncertain of who to
trust. With training
and patience, we think that Angel can overcome her aggression toward
other dogs. German
Shepherds learn very quickly once they know what is expected of
them, so we predict that Angel will blossom into a loving and loyal
dog for someone who understands the torture that she has been
through by no fault of her own.
Could YOU be the
person to show Angel how beautiful life can be?
Shepherd Rescue will continue to lobby for stronger laws to protect all
animals from abuse and neglect.
If you wish to join us in this important work, please contact
your legislators (Congressmen, State Senators, Governor) to urge
them to support laws that protect animals and to ask for stiffer
penalties for animal abusers. Thank
Angel getting a bath at the rescue