In Blackpool, a dog was found tied up near the altar of the Sacred Heart Church, with a note from his owner which read, “I love you and I’m so, so, so sorry.”
The dog, now renamed Cracker, is a brindle and white Staffordshire bull terrier-cross.
The handwritten note that was left with him further added, “Life has taken a really bad turn for me and I couldn’t imagine him being outside with me cold and hungry”.
The RSPCA has stated that Cracker is well and he is “getting lots of TLC.”
Cracker was found by church staff when they arrived on the morning of the 18th of December. The church is left unlocked 24 hours a day.
The note that was left with him urged whoever found Cracker to “please believe me when I say I haven’t done this easily.”
The note continued to read, “My dog means the world to me and I don’t know what else to do.”
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The note also said that Cracker was a “placid, friendly, loving dog” who will turn seven come the 22nd of March, 2020.
It also said, “He has got quite tender front paws, I’ve been treating them for about a month now but they are still sore. My heart is broken and I will truly miss him more than words can say. I hope he can be found a new home he deserves. I love you and I am so, so, so sorry. xxxx”
RSPCA inspector Will Lamping, who was the one to get Cracker from the church, said that it was clear how much he was loved by his previous owner.
Mr. Lamping said, “Unfortunately sometimes life can throw some pretty tough things at people and circumstances can drastically change but it’s heartbreaking to think that someone out there is missing Cracker and wondering how he is doing.”
Mr. Lamping said that if Cracker went unclaimed, he would be checked over by a vet before being sent to the RSPCA rehoming center in order to be put up for adoption.
He added, “If anyone does come forward then I’d like to let them know that they won’t be in any trouble and we’d like to chat with them and see how we might be able to help them, and Cracker.”
He also encouraged any pet owners who may be struggling financially to contact their vet, a local rescue center, or a charity like the RSPCA.
Unfortunately, life does give us some pretty nasty curveballs to the gut, but hopefully if Cracker can’t be reunited with his owner, he will go on to find a loving home.
Anastasia is an American writer and journalist living in Dublin, Ireland. Her Twitter is @AnastasiaArell5.
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