Heartbreaking footage shows the moment a golden retriever was dumped at the roadside by his owner.
In the clip, recorded by two people called Brandon Price and Alyssa Ott, a woman hops out of her car before getting the dog out of the back. As the pooch begins to wag his tail, she then walks a short distance with him, as though they’re off for a walk, before she turns back and runs to her car leaving the dog behind.
Thankfully the dog was rescued and is now in the care of I Paw’d It Forward in Portland. Sharing the clip on its Facebook page, the shelter wrote: “I would like to take a moment to use this entire ordeal as a learning experience and hopefully, in sharing this video, give others pause before contemplating abandoning your animal.
“THIS. This is what a dog that has just been abandoned looks like. They are still here. They are still waiting. They are still searching for you to return. They are confused. They do not understand why the humans they devoted their lives to, have disappeared.
“Most of the time, we don’t catch them right after they are left. Most of them never make it home. We do our best to recover as many as we can, but we know we are just a small blip on the grand scheme of it.
“There is no reason to do this. None. There are a bunch of excuses, but no reasons. There are a whole slew of options available if you decide your dog is not for you, or your life has changed, or whatever you have convinced yourself is what you need.”
The shelter went on to add: “All, please know the dog is safe and not available for adoption at this time. This dog will not be available pending an investigation into what happened.
“We know this tugs at our heartstrings, but please know he is safe and being cared for. We will do our best to update if/when he becomes available.
“We have the dog, the dog is safe.”
The shelter has since updated the post to say: “We believe we have been able to identify the owner. We will update as we have more information! Thank you everyone for your incredible leads and tips!”
Clark County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident and has urged anyone who has any information to come forward.
Meanwhile, Brandon Price, who was one of two people who recorded the heartbreaking footage, is now raising money for I Paw’d It Forward via Facebook.
Donate money to the cause here.