Dog abandoned, found tied to post, now at shelter

AUBURN — A dog found tied to a post at the Lake Auburn boat launch Tuesday morning was being treated later in the day at the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society in Lewiston.

Abandoned dog
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Senior Animal Technician Zack Black holds Goldy at the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society in Lewiston on Tuesday afternoon after she was found abandoned by the Auburn boat launch.

Homeless dog
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This piece of cardboard was left with Goldy at the Lake Auburn boat launch, where she was found, Tuesday morning.

Abandoned dog
Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

Senior Animal Technician Zack Black holds Goldy at the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society in Lewiston on Tuesday afternoon. The dog was found abandoned Tuesday morning by the Lake Auburn boat launch on Route 4.

The female Shih Tzu, abandoned in the drizzle with a note scribbled on cardboard, was wet and cold when it was found, but was expected to recover completely.

The mystery of its appearance at the boat launch on  Route 4 lingered throughout the day.

According to Animal Control Officer Wendell Strout, the only clue as to how the dog got there was a brief note that appeared to have been written by a child.

“Pleasse take me home. My no is Goldy. I am good with kids.”

Strout and others were hoping to track down the original owner. For starters, Goldy appeared to suffer from an allergy that caused it to lose hair. Determining what type of allergy would help in the treatment.

"She's a friendly dog," Strout said. "But she needs some help."

At the Humane Society in Lewiston, staffers were watching over the dog. They said when Goldy first arrived, there were signs that its previous treatment was not so great.

“She had a lot of fleas,” said Senior Animal Technician Zack Black. “Her nails were long and she has a urinary tract infection. She was peeing blood.”

She was also cold. Strout did not know how long she had been tied to the post on a cool morning in the rain.

By late afternoon, Goldy appeared to be settling in at the shelter. As Black carried her around in a blanket, her brown eyes looked everywhere. The Shih Tzu appeared more curious than afraid.

“She’s cute,” said Donna Kincer, development director at the shelter. “We’ll keep her for a little bit and try to figure out what her allergies are.”

Black said the dog will remain under observation for seven days, a period in which they will treat her health woes and try to explore her background.

Strout said any information about Goldy’s history would help. Anyone with information is asked to contact their local police department, the Humane Society or Strout directly at 513-3111.

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Chris Blake's picture

We're lucky

We're lucky to live in a state where so many people care about stray and abandoned animals.

My girlfriend lives in Alabama currently, and the general attitude is entirely different. People will let animals roam and breed at will even in big cities. Not much is thought of taking a sick animal out back and shooting them.

Dogs and cats are often left in boxes in 100+ degree heat for someone to find.

The animal shelter is most definitely not No Kill, and they will put down any animal not claimed rescued by a charity in a day or two.

My girlfriend fosters kittens for a group in Huntsville called A New Leash on Life, and they do great work, but some of the stories she tells of the animals that they get break my heart.

I know not everything is perfect here in Maine either, but things are night and day difference, and it's to our credit that so many people care.

To anyone who reads this article or my comment, I'd remind them they don't need to adopt a pet to help the cause, and they most definitely SHOULD NOT adopt one if they're not sure they can afford it. However there are lots of ways you can help.

Call up the shelter or a rescue group in your area and ask if there's anything they need. Food, cat litter, piddle pads, all these things are used every day, and the costs add up, but donating a couple times a year doesn't make a huge dent in your wallet and can help them a lot.

Laurrel Chute's picture

No Kill Shelter

The Lewiston ASPCA is a NO KILL SHELTER! The only reason they kill any animal is if it is in such a health crisis that it is inhumane to allow the animal to continue to suffer. There are times when there is no way to help an animal, but if there is a way to help it with medical measures they will do everything possible for the animal no matter what the cost. Educate yourself and Adopt a Shelter Pet:)
Also, if you can not afford to pay the drop off fee they will waive it if you ask. They may have you fill out a form, but they will work with anyone. Yes, you can have a friend bring it in saying they removed it from a home that was unable to apropriately care for it, but that is better than dumping it off with NO information.
Maine has one of the strictest animal cruelty laws in the Nation. Anyone that is found guilty of animal cruelty in Maine will pay a $1,000.00 fine and up to 1 year in jail for every offense. It is considered a Federal Crime and will be placed on your permanent record. There is NO excuse for abandoning any animal in such a cruel mannor~

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homeless kids

Maybe homeless or very poor children had the dog. Obviously someone who didn't know about the shelter.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

You're being wayyy too kind

You're being wayyy too kind to the beasts who did this to the poor dog.

Laurrel Chute's picture

No Kill Shelter

The Lewiston ASPCA is a NO KILL SHELTER! The only reason they kill any animal is if it is in such a health crisis that it is inhumane to allow the animal to continue to suffer. There are times when there is no way to help an animal, but if there is a way to help it with medical measures they will do everything possible for the animal no matter what the cost. Educate yourself and Adopt a Shelter Pet:)

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if you find the previous owner,

tie them to the post.

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