A couple was pulled over in Windsor, England for a traffic stop. But this traffic stop turned out to be different than any other stop this cop had experienced.
At the end of the stop, the couple handed the cop a tiny Jack Russell puppy that they had in their backseat. They explained to the officer that they had just gotten him earlier that day off a website called Gumtree, and that they “didn’t want him anymore.”
The puppy was only six weeks old, too young to even be separated from his mother. The officer brought him to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, a nearby animal shelter. The shelter agreed to take him in and give him the proper care he needed.
Buddy was a happy, playful pup and everyone at the shelter loved him. They decided to name him Buddy, which is fitting because he was very friendly.
While Buddy’s story is a sad one, it is not an uncommon one. Sadly, many dogs are sold and bought online and discarded by their owners when they don’t want them anymore. Pets are a lot of work, and it’s important for people to do their research before buying one.
Sean Welland, rehoming and welfare manager at Battersea Old Windsor, says that people should think twice about buying an animal via the internet. It’s extremely easy to buy a dog online, but the care that comes next is more than they realize. “It’s then animal rescuers, such as Battersea, that are left to pick up the pieces,” Welland says.
Luckily, Buddy had no problem finding a home and was adopted by a loving family a few days after entering the shelter.
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