A golden retriever who was found tied to a park bench with a heartbreaking note is ecstatic after being rescued.
Boston, a seven-year-old golden retriever mix, was abandoned in Mexico City on November 22 without food or water.
His former owner left a message on the bench weighed down by a rock.
Part of it read: ”Please, I ask that you adopt this cute dog and you take good care of him.
"It hurts a lot to leave my dog here but I made the decision of leaving him because my family used to mistreat him and it would always hurt me to see him in that condition.”
Boston was so terrified by locals passing by that attempted to help him that he tried to bite them.
Thankfully, the terrified pup has now been rescued by Marcela Goldberg, 54, who runs a pet shelter called Mascotas Coyoacan.
She said: “He was physically in good shape when we discovered him but had been left without water or food since the early morning when he was abandoned and we arrived at around 5pm.
“The locals had tried to help him but they had to approach him with food and water on a long stick because he was very nervous and kept trying to bite anyone who approached.
"Thankfully they managed to feed him some sausages on a stick because he was so famished.”
The pup attempted to bite Marcela multiple times when she approached him, but she was able to gain his trust with food and the help of a trainer.
She said: “He was tied up in such a way that I had to free the collar from the leash, which was impossible to do without getting bitten.
"So I had to put a new leash around his neck and cut out the one holding him to the bench.
“Once he was released, he changed his attitude. He was extremely scared but did not try to bite again.
"We walked him to the car and had to struggle a bit to get him inside, but once inside he started to relax and we were able to touch him and caress him with protection gloves for the first time.”
Boston is now staying with Marcela at Mascotas Coyoacán while he undergoes a medical examination but will soon be rehomed with a loving family.
She said: “We are working with him in gaining confidence around people so his future home will not have an issue with people from outside the family.
"He is learning to trust and is really happy, playing with balls and behaving like a puppy should.”
Marcela notes that there has been an exponential increase in the number of abandoned dogs due to the coronavirus pandemic.
She added: “Mexican people are having a really hard time because a lot of people work in an informal economy that has been severely affected by the Covid pandemic and are no longer able to feed their pets.
“Plus, many of them don't think that pets are family but things, so it is the first expense they are cutting off, sadly.
"And there are thousands and thousands of dogs wandering, dogs that had a home not so long ago.”
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