The family of Cookie, an aging cocker spaniel, left her behind at the San Bernardino City Shelter like she was an old shoe.
They came to the shelter to retrieve Cookie and another dog Dec. 30 after the two had been rounded up as strays. The family claimed the younger dog, a Labrador retreiver. Then they took off.
And as Cookie watched them go, she whimpered.
Shelter staff say they witnessed how Cookie was betrayed in the most stunning and hurtful manner.
A member of the San Bernardino City Shelter said, “Cookie is crying for her family. She watched as the family drove away and left her to die.”
Cookie’s story drew the attention of animal lovers, who rallied to the old dog.
It wasn’t long before OC Small Paws So UT went to work to help save Cookie from the shelter and placed her with a “foster mother,” according to the website, 3milliondogs.com.
Given Cookie’s age – she is believed to be anywhere from 8 to 10 years old – she has medical conditions that will require the care and attention of a veterinarian, which the rescue group is taking care of. Cookie has already had one surgery for cancer and is recovering well, according to the rescue group’s Facebook page.