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Beautiful Senior Dog Languishes at Animal Control for Months

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- 1947 days ago -
For nearly five months, Penny, a Labrador retriever, has been housed at the West Valley Animal Care and Control in Chatsworth, Calif.

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Sophia P (163)
Friday February 15, 2013, 1:54 pm
Penny gave the best years of her life to someone, now she needs to be taken in by somebody who wants to make what remains as comfortable, and special, as possible.


Breed - Labrador Retriever
Size - approx 65 lbs
Age - 13 years
Facility - West Valley Animal Care & Control
Pet Harbor link here
Shelter phone number: (888) 452-7381

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Tim C (2420)
Friday February 15, 2013, 2:28 pm

Patrick Donovan (344)
Friday February 15, 2013, 2:45 pm
Wish I knew people near CA who help. :(

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Friday February 15, 2013, 5:06 pm
After giving the best years of her life to someone they put her in a shelter instead of them giving her the best years of her life! How can any human do this to a senior dog is mind boggling to say the least! I do hope that Penny finds her forever loving home asap. I have forwarded to my friends. Thanks for posting her story Sophia.

naomi cohen (55)
Friday February 15, 2013, 5:18 pm
signed. i hope to God that someone adopts that sweet girl as soon as possible. thank you, henriette. thank you, sophia.

Angelika R (143)
Friday February 15, 2013, 6:25 pm
5 yrs in a shelter is a way too loooong time, do hope she'll find a loving home to rest. Ditto Patrick !

Danuta W (1250)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 3:39 am

Joy W (103)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 4:14 am
Noted, thanks. Praying the she will find her loving home soon.

Phillip A (115)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 6:15 am
Utterly tragic!

Laura H (964)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 9:08 am
PLEASE SHARE!!! Penny needs our help!

Laura H (964)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 9:11 am
This is breaking my heart; Penny has to be SO confused~especially at her age.
I wish I could adopt her.
My dogs are (almost) 16 and 12; I wouldn't give them up for any reason. They are my children!
I'll share Penny's information and keep her in my thoughts and prayers.
Please post any updates!

Ruth C (87)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 1:35 pm
I love Labrador Retrievers if I had space in my house I would take her in a heartbeat.

I know that there is someone out there that will give this wonderful dog a home, please come forward and take her home with you, I can a sure you that you will never regret it.

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 6:50 pm
An email from my friend Marilyn Arnest, good news!

Marilyn A.

Henriette M.

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2013, 6:28 PM
Subject: re: fwd: Will you please help Penny find a home? Forward far and wide, thanks

Henriette, I posted a "Rescue Penny" comment on Facebook regarding Penny and while doing so, I learned that PAWS has come to the rescue. They are getting Penny out into a new forever home. Just in case you didn't know, I wanted to share this wonderful news! Marilyn Arnest

Suzanne L (99)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 12:22 pm
Thank you so much Henriette for posting the good news. We can breathe a sigh of relief for Penny. I'm sure she will make the people in her new home a wonderful companion.

Dianne D (490)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 12:28 pm
My heart was broken until I read the email from Henriette. I hope this is true and Penny finds a good home. How people can do this to this pets is beyond me. Goes to show how heartless people can be when this dog give them everything she had for so many years and what do they do? They throw her away as if she never mattered. This dog as all animals know love and joy and pain. A lot of people should not be allowed to have a pet.

michelle t (41)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 12:48 pm
I hope Penny was rescued.
If anyone has any definite news if PAWS rescued her please advise.

Paul Girardin (126)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 12:58 pm
Noted and shared!

Ilona V (0)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 12:59 pm
Noted. From germany all the best for Penny, I'll keep my fingers crossed for her.

Ritva J (115)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 1:24 pm
Hoping for the best.

Ann P (17)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 1:25 pm
Noted. Aw, wish I could have her. L♡ve ☮ Peace.

Muriel Servaege (53)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 1:27 pm
Hoping for the best, too.

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 1:32 pm
Do hope she is going to go to a nice home So sad when people do this with older animals Its like dumping your elderly parents Must be so stressful and heartbreaking for these animals Thanks to the organization or family that have rescued her
noted Thank you

Anne W (11)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 1:50 pm
Crossing my fingers that Penny has found her forever home and can enjoy her last days surrounded by love and tenderness. A big kiss to her.

Christeen A (371)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 2:14 pm
I hope someone adopts this beautiful senior dog and gives her a loving home for the rest of her days. Thank you.

Louise G (1)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 2:14 pm
Noted. Good luck to Penny.

Lynne Buckley (0)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 2:45 pm
I hope that she finds a home soon.

janet f (29)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 3:08 pm
Every shelter story is so sad. I wish I could help all of them.

Ann Breeden (65)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 4:08 pm
Thanks to PAWS for rescuing her and thank you, Sophia, for posting this. I just put it on Facebook but I'm glad to know that she's been rescued. I could never do this to my dog or cat.

Isabelle J (81)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 4:12 pm
I hope Penny will be adopted by a good family and be loved for the rest of her life ! That's what everybody should do when they adopt a pet.

MmAway M (506)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 4:12 pm
Just going through messages. Praise the Lord~ It is hard for Senior Pets to get a home. I rescued one AND actually She is the one who rescued me. Thank you Sophie!

Claudia O (73)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 4:38 pm
Oh thank GOD Penny has been rescued! I tried to open the link and it was no longer active so I thought the worse. Thank God this dear old lady is now on her way to a better home. These stories about older dogs being dumped just make me SO sad. We have an old dog with us now....diabetic and blind...and I cannot imagine how he would feel if he were suddenly dumped into a shelter. Awful.

Birgit W (160)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 4:42 pm
Thank you very much

desanka s (416)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 5:30 pm
Thank you Sophia for posting and Henriette for for the update.
Can we have more good news like this!

Julia R (296)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 6:01 pm
So glad to hear that PAWS rescued Penny! She so deserves a loving home. It must have been very difficult for her especially at her age to all of a sudden find herself in a shelter without her loving family! Thank you Henriette for the update and thank you Sophia for posting this story!

SusanAWAY A (219)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 6:25 pm

Winnie A (179)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 6:36 pm
Shared on Facebook.

Marianna molnar woods (9)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 10:33 pm

katarzyna phillips (6)
Monday February 18, 2013, 4:53 am
good luck to her and her new family, hope they still have many years together!

. (0)
Monday February 18, 2013, 11:35 am
Penny deserves better than this. Pls share with all Ca contacts. TY Sophia

Past Member (0)
Monday February 18, 2013, 12:35 pm
Penny was rescued by an animal organization and soon after was adopted, about two days ago. Happy ending for a senior dog!!!

Abo r (107)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 3:31 am
Sophia thanks for posting and Henrreitte for forwarding .
Noted gladly

Latonya W (82)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 2:54 pm
so glad shes saved:)

Sergio P (65)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 7:32 am
Thank you :)

SANDRA R (144)
Monday March 4, 2013, 5:14 pm
Glad she was saved. Thank you Sophia.
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