Owner abandoned dog in Indiana with note blaming COVID-19

Updated 9/20/2020 2:16 PM

INDIANAPOLIS -- Animal control officials in central Indiana are seeking a new home for an abandoned dog whose owner says he lost his job and was about to lose his home due to COVID-19.

The dog was found tied to a tree with a note attached to the collar, according to WTHR-TV.


'œI was a spoiled girl, my dad gave me my own couch to lay on and my own memory foam bed,' the note said. 'œMy dad lost his job and soon his home from COVID.'

Johnson County Animal Control Director Michael Delp said he's a seen an increase in the number of people surrendering pets during the pandemic, but pets should be taken to a shelter.

'œMy heart certainly goes out to that individual,' Delp said. 'œHowever, to release a dog out in the middle of nowhere that's just not the way to go about it. There's all kinds of things that could happen to this animal. Struck by a vehicle or attacked by other animals.'

The dog, named Roadie, is at the county animal shelter and will be up for adoption.

Meanwhile, Indiana officials on Sunday reported 756 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and three deaths. Overall, Indiana has had 111,505 confirmed cases and 3,281 deaths since the pandemic began.

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