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Goofus - A Chained Dog Survivor Story

Animals  (tags: goofus, elderly dog, chained, neglected, suffering, cruelty, new home, new beginnings, rescued )

- 3011 days ago -
Meet Goofus. Like most dogs, Goofus' life started out pretty well. As a puppy, he was given as a birthday gift to an 8 year old boy 14 years ago. At first, he was allowed in the house to play, live and be a part of the family...his new 'pack'. But soon,

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gail dair (0)
Thursday February 18, 2010, 11:42 pm
Happy ending thanks Simone

Ginger Geronimo (438)
Friday February 19, 2010, 1:03 am
Why in the world do people get animals if they aren't going to take care of them?

Gillian M (218)
Friday February 19, 2010, 7:42 am
I'm glad that Goofus now has a happy forever home although it is sad that he was living in such terrible conditions for so long.

Friday February 19, 2010, 9:08 am
it is so disgusting how cruel and uncaring so many dog owners are. i cant understand owning any animal that is left tied and uncared for outside. why have an animal that you feed but never spend time with. it is stupid and expensive.

Margaret S (53)
Friday February 19, 2010, 12:23 pm
What a terrible life he had,so happy he will be loved now.

liz c (827)
Saturday February 20, 2010, 8:02 am
How can no one notice this for over 10 years? when he got out-he disturbed the community-so there must have been neighbors--how could all those people let this continue? So many people could have saved him. I dont expect the asshole humans whose job it was to care for him to do the right thing-but what about all the other people that could have helped. Cruelty at its finest-and of course there will be no charges becasue they fed and watered him----WE HOPE. dISGUSTING.

Gary McPherson (12)
Saturday February 20, 2010, 9:02 am
It is so sad that this beatiful animal was left outside this way. I am already against using a choker on any animal. It is cruel and inhumane. They should be taken off the shelves and banned. And if someone uses one on their animal, they need to be prosecuted and sentenced to being put in a cell for 10 years and have one around their neck the whole 10 years. That'll teach 'em.

Chris K (1231)
Saturday February 20, 2010, 9:11 am
so happy he will have a good life now - noted

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 20, 2010, 9:13 am
You have to wonder what people who do this say if asked if they have pets? Oh yes, I have a dog, chained in the yard. Glad this was a happy ending for Goofus.

susan w (13)
Saturday February 20, 2010, 9:36 am
i'm glad goofus has a good home now....but this happens to a lot of dogs....thanks simone

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 20, 2010, 10:53 am
What a wonderful happy ending. A lot of people don't seem to understand that adopting a pet is a lifelong commitment. They come out of the grocery store and see someone who gives away free puppies or kittens, the kid whines, "I want one," the parent likes the idea that it is "free", and without thinking a puppy or kitten is taken home. The puppy is untrained, chews, soils etc, the kitten scratches the furniture, the pets grow bigger and are "not so cute" anymore, everybody is too busy to spend time with the pet, and subsequently the cat is an "outside" cat not allowed in the home, the dog is chained up, and the family does not want to be bothered.
2 weeks ago I left my favorite diner after lunch with friends and saw a cardboard box containing two puppies and a sign that said "Free Dogs." No water, no owner. A local transient picked up one of the puppies and left before I could intervene. I quickly scooped up the other puppy who was lethargic, had a distended stomach, and violent diarrhea. My loud complaint caused the owner of the puppies to appear. I talked to him about the option of contacting the SPCA, Animal Control to release the puppies to. I pointed out that the puppy in my arms has diarrhea. He responded that he fed her Chinese food which caused the diarrhea. I told him that puppies need puppy food. He responded that he gives all his 8 dogs Chinese food, they get diarrhea, no problem. He said that in China they don't have pet food, the pets all eat Chinese food. I yelled that I know what they are doing with dogs in China. At that point my friend pulled me away. I immediately took the puppy to the vet, she had roundworms but was otherwise healthy. That same day I found a good home for her. I reported the guy to our Animal Control Office, however, was told that it is not illegal to feed Chinese food to dogs.
(The guy owns a Chinese restaurant and I continue to discourage everyone I know from eating there.)

Pat B (356)
Saturday February 20, 2010, 11:21 am
What a sad life for this puppy!! So glad that Goofus found a loving and happy home, after so many years. Why have a pet when all the owner does is chain it, day in, day out, year after year? It's so sad. TY, Simone for this.

. (0)
Saturday February 20, 2010, 11:34 am
Thannxxx.. so happy that he is outta the situation.. this family needs to be punished fully and held accountable for this... this dog should never have been allowed to suffer and endure this neglect

Pat B (356)
Saturday February 20, 2010, 11:35 am
In Austin, TX it is against the law to chain or tether a dog. (To Prohibit the Chaining and Tethering of Unattended Dogs). Other Texas cities that have enacted dog chaining bans include Bastrop, Big Spring, Electra, Fort Worth, and Irving.


Allison I (18)
Saturday February 20, 2010, 1:26 pm

Allison I (18)
Saturday February 20, 2010, 1:26 pm
How sad! ):

Allison I (18)
Saturday February 20, 2010, 1:27 pm

End CrueltyDeb Williams-Shepard (154)
Sunday February 21, 2010, 6:51 am
A pet deserves to be treated well.
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