Abused Chihuahua Looking For New Home

Warning: This post may disturb some readers.

A Florida dog is looking for a new home and parents after being dragged behind a truck in Pensacola. His formed owner was charged with animal abuse. Several witness flagged down the truck driven by the man after noticing a small dog being dragged behind it. The owner refused to take the dog to the veterinarian.

The man said he forgot to untie the dog from the truck after a hard day’s work. A witness was able to take the dog to the veterinarian and the chihuahua is expected to make a full recovery.

The chihuahua, now named Bugsy, is at Safe Harbor in Pensacola, Florida awaiting adoption.

Source: Pensacola News Journal

14 Responses to “Abused Chihuahua Looking For New Home”

  1. Lynn says:

    This story brought out my fangs. I dearly wish I could tie Morales to a slow-moving, cross-country train. I don’t buy this baloney about “a hard day at work.” Chihuahuas are yappy and LOUD. They make excellent watch dogs because of their ability to warn. So you can’t convince me the owner didn’t hear the dog barking when he approached the SUV. [Redacted by Admin] Oh yes - the man has two other dogs at home.

    You may call 850- 434-2924 at the Escambia County Animal Shelter for updates on Bugsy, or to contribute to his care. He will be in the hospital for some time.

    ITCHMO ADMIN: Lynn, thanks for the number to the shelter. We were horrified by this story as well, especially Morales’ reaction after being caught red-handed. But I don’t know that generalizing the guy’s ethnic background helps anything or even makes sense (as horrible as his actions may be). I’m sure that there are many very responsible pet owners in his country.

  2. Leslie k says:

    I don’t understand how anyone could do this to any dog,let alone a chi.Someone needs to tie this man to a truck by the you know whats & drag him home ! What was a dog doing tied to a truck anyway! I don’t like to sound racist; but if this is how they treat helpless animals in the PHILLIPINES MAYBE HE SHOULD GO BACK THERE ! Personally I think you take care of any creature[human child,senior or animal] that needs your care !

  3. straybaby says:

    wow. that’s one sturdy Chi! hopefully there won’t be any permanent damage and he’ll find a new home quick!

  4. 3FURS says:

    There are idiots of all nationalities. I know one who tied his dog to the back of his truck,( so the dog wouldn’t get too hot in the truck ), while visiting a friend. He came back to the truck, forgot about the dog, and backed over him. Short attention span ? Idiot ? By the way, the man was heartbroken over his dog, his best buddy.

  5. 3FURS says:

    Or, it could be that this man’s mastery of English was limited, and he couldn’t properly explain what happened. I don’t like generalizations of people, whether they are Black ,White, Texan, Canadian or American or whatever. For people who profess to love animals, some show intolerance to their fellow man. In a case of obvious animal cruelty, no punishment is strong enough.

  6. Carole says:

    Yeah, I agree this guy should be tied to a truck & dragged across the country… The punishment should fit the crime & maybe we would see less cruelty.

  7. mittens says:

    the care we accord to our pets in america- and that care which we expect from those living around us toward animals- is NOT the same standard in other countries particularly if they are poor countries. pets are generally a luxury of rich people and the upper middle classes. as in the previous article on itchmo about poor americans having unwanted pets dumped on them , there is often no money for human health care let alone the welfare of animals.

    this does not in anyway excuse wanton cruelty toward any living thing. however it is an uncomfortable fact to some americans that any culture could exhibit values we find in congruent with our own expectations. let’s just say lucky is the pampered american pet- the most fawned over pets in the entire world. we have the luxury to treat our animals in a manner some cannot even afford for their human children.

    i have gone out of my way to encourage my coworkers( who are from several different poorer countries with different attitudes toward pet ownership) to do things like fix their dogs etc and the first thing they said to me in protest was ‘ “well, that’s not what we do in my country…” even though they were becoming annoyed with the animals behaviors in the city in a small apartment.. on a farm in a poor country cats and dogs fulfill functions other than occupying a lap. and in some locals where human life is often treated so disposable( one of my friends used to hid under his bed while his parents were in the fields because that’s when the rebels and communists who lived in the mountains would come down and take boys to force into their army or just take what little they had…) one shudders to think what happens to animals.

  8. JH says:

    So happy this little dog escaped from an obviously horrible situation. I don’t understand what coming from another country has to do with it, though. I would hope that dragging a poor animal behind a truck would be recognized as cruelty in any culture!

  9. Debra Florer says:

    The story made me feel anger and I a gree the man needs to be tie to a truck and drag him down the road. I don’t understand how people do ther pets like that.

  10. Carol Johnson says:

    It is hard to know what to say when you read stories like this. Morales is a walking and talking piece of scum…and should be in jail….and gee what a shame if they “forget” what cell he is in.

  11. Lynne says:

    I agree with the posts, horrible story. I’d like to point out that our culture used to view animals purely in utilitarian terms as many of these other countries still do. It is only in our recent history that animals have begun to occupy a role as companion and pet.
    People just need to be educated and that happens through communication and cooperation.

  12. wescott20 says:

    That’s a tough little dog! I’m sure his life is going to be a lot rosier in the future, now that he’s safe from that creep.

  13. Nancy C. Dorman says:

    Did any adopt the aboused chihuahua from florda? please let me know.

  14. Diane Chard Australia says:

    I was sick to my stomick when i read this i just hope this man is truly punished and goes to jail what is a chi doing tied to the back of the truck it is small enough to be in the truck especially if he this mans buddy there is no need for any reason for this action be his culture or not NO reason for excuses or anything god we are talking of a tiny Chihuahua not a working dog size
    i hope someone is giving this little fella a big cuddle and kisses right now saying its alright to him and that he is safe

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