I live out north of Bells on FM 1897. At least once per week I see a dog that has been abandoned by someone, and I always wonder what kind of person does this kind of thing. I’ve asked lots of folks about this, and several told me that they guessed the owners thought that they were at least giving the animal a chance to survive.

I live out north of Bells on FM 1897. At least once per week I see a dog that has been abandoned by someone, and I always wonder what kind of person does this kind of thing. I’ve asked lots of folks about this, and several told me that they guessed the owners thought that they were at least giving the animal a chance to survive.


They could not be more wrong. Unless your dog is very big and very vicious, it has little chance of survival out here. Between the bobcats, coyotes and who knows what else, your abandoned pet will not last 24 hours out here. Most of the dogs I see are small to medium sized — just right to provide a nice meal for a wild animal.


Last Christmas Eve, someone left a large dog that was either sick or injured. He was not able to control his movements and was very aggressive. He had my neighbor afraid to go out his door. Early Christmas morning I lured the dog away from his house and shot the animal. He ran at me before I could shoot and was less that a foot from me when I fired.


Thanks for the great Christmas memory! I have a little dachshund that someone threw away out here. My neighbor happened to see her and called her. She was well fed and had some cuts on her back and belly, probably from barbed wire. That was about a year ago.


She’s asleep on my couch as I write this. Who could throw away such a sweet, loving animal? It was early in the day when we first saw her, and I promise you she would not have lived more than a few hours out here.


PLEASE do not throw your animals away out here. All you are doing is insuring that they die a horrible death. If you can’t care for your pet, call someone for help.


Michael Johnson


Bells