On Saturday morning in South Yorkshire, United Kingdom, Alan Webster, a volunteer with the Yorkshire Pet Ambulance organization, had been out and about the town, attending an event promoting pet adoption, when he came across a site that shook him to his core.

To the right of him lay an elderly dog shivering in an open field, with what appeared to be plastic bags of food, toys, and a bowl left out with water. Webster, who began to notice almost immediately the telltale signs of abandonment, found a note lying beside the dog’s belongings.

Webster posted to Yorkshires Facebook account saying,

“The dog was so cold and so upset that we put a tin of rice pudding on using a stove in our van and it downed the lot. It’s totally, totally wrong that someone’s abandoned an old dog like this.”

Webster then posted the contents of the note to the Facebook page which read,

“The dog Tessa is 12 years old and is not my dog. My neighbor told me that Tessa is chipped. My neighbor asked if I would take charge of Tessa as my neighbor has planned a new life in Canada. Reluctantly I said yes but I know I will not keep Tessa. Tessa likes tea, coffee and watered milk. Tessa’s first meal is a 11:30 am. My neighbor has now gone to Canada. My neighbor was happy thinking Tessa is good hands. Sorry for the above but I don’t need a dog.”

Thankfully, Tessa is doing much better now and is in good hands. The Yorkshire Pet Ambulance says that she is undergoing a medical evaluation and that thanks to the support of their robust Facebook community, she has plenty of adoption offers coming in.

As for the woman who abandoned her, she was never located, and as of today, police are not investigating.



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