More Dogs Abandoned in Shopping Center Parking Lot

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EAST STROUDSBURG -- There has been another case of abandoned dogs in the Poconos. This time dogs were found in two cardboard boxes in East Stroudsburg.

It begs the question: why does this kind of thing keep happening?

The Animal Welfare Society of Monroe County says it has had more than a dozen animals abandoned in shopping centers within the past year, even more left in other places to fend for themselves.

Just why it's happening is a question so many people are asking.

Shaking, scared, but now safe at an animal shelter near Stroudsburg, those four dogs were all found abandoned this weekend.

Shoppers noticed them in cardboard boxes between CVS and Big Lots in East Stroudsburg.

"It`s absolutely heartbreaking. It`s heartbreaking because not only did you dump four dogs, they are frightened out of their minds," said Shelter Supervisor Lisa Pearson.

The Animal Welfare Society of Monroe County says it has taken in at least a dozen animals dumped near shopping centers within the past 12 months.

"They probably are embarrassed to bring them to somebody because then they`re caught, they`re caught.  We have their information and we can turn them in," said Shelter Manager Kim Loffio.

The dogs are all cairn terrier mixes and were likely used for breeding.

Each one was severely matted and had ear and eye infections.

"I don`t think they`ve ever had a human touch them, and in the right way.  You pick them up and it takes a while for you to pick them up. They shake the whole time," said Pearson.

Property managers are reviewing surveillance video to see if cameras captured just who dumped the dogs, but folks at AWSOM say they also have a few other possible leads.

One box has a sticker from a Weis grocery store, marking paid. The other box is from a company in Brooklyn, New York. Shelter workers believe these dogs were left in a hurry.

"If it`s a situation like a foreclosure or they`re moving out, all you have to do is call us, give us notice, we will help you. This was an emergency, these were dumped," said Pearson.

Animal lovers like Tom Millwater say, these stories are becoming way too common.

"It`s bad, if a person don`t like a dog, they should give it to the ASPCA or whatever they can give it to," said Tom Millwater of Tobyhanna.

AWSOM is asking for anyone with information to come forward.

"Somebody needs to be held accountable, somebody in the community had to see one of these dogs," said Loffio.

The shelter will be holding an open house this weekend with lots of information on how to protect your pets and to raise money to help care for these four dogs.

AWSOM says it will be a while before the dogs are ready for adoption.

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  • Lee Xioshin

    Instead of dumping these dogs, the person/persons should just post an add in the local paper or on Craigslist asking for a home for these dogs. It’s free in the free column, provided they don’t ask a fee. Also, don’t look for someone to take all of the dogs at one time. I know a lot of people don’t like the idea of giving a pet away for free, but it is much better than abandoning the pets. Also there are a lot of good people, who have a deceased pet and would like another one. There are good people looking for companions and families looking for pets. The problem is that they don’t want to go to a shelter, because of the cost. Some people can’t afford the shelter fee, but would give a good loving home to these animals. Small dogs are so easy to find homes for. It’s amazing how much more people seem to care about finding good homes for their pit bulls, but not the small cute dogs. So sad.

  • Granger

    This is why I still believe in the “an eye for an eye” philosophy, with it applying to animals as well as humans. I highly doubt these sick people would abandon the innocent animals if they feared the same circumstances would be brought upon them in convicted. Nothing is done anymore. The riots in Baltimore, but we can’t use force or it’s “racist.” It’s time people became responsible for their actions again.

  • L.C. Smith

    Legal punishment is not tough enough. A lot of these unwanted animals are put to sleep. So should the people who abuse them. They hurt, they cry, they shiver in fear, and they need love. If you do not want your pet find it a good home. Don’t just throw it away.

  • Me

    I have given up on society as a whole. A lot of “people” were raised like animals in the wild. The behavior of “people” today make me sick to my stomach. Throwing dogs away. Throwing babies away. Taking babies on drug deals.
    Who in Gods name raised you people???

    Get off the dope !!!!!!
    You’re parents who raised you dirtbags must be SO proud of you as they probably scream in eternal hellfire !!!!
    When God does come to judge the living AND the dead, I hope I’m right beside him as he takes out “the trash” !!!!!!

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