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Sick Dachshund Left To Die at Shelter Will Go Back to Elderly Couple

By Clyde Hughes   |   Friday, 14 Mar 2014 12:10 PM

An sick dachshund left at an animal shelter by an elderly California couple with a letter stating they could no longer care for the dog will be reunited with the couple in late March, KTLA-TV in Los Angeles reported.

The dog, named Otto, was left in a Baldwin Park shelter in a basket with a note from the owners, reported KTTV.

"We are both seniors, sick, with no money," the note read, according to Toby Wisneski of the animal rescue nonprofit Leave No Paws Behind. "We cannot pay for vet bills or to put him to sleep. He has never been away from us in all those years. He cannot function without us. Please put him to sleep."

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"That just rips your heart," Wisneski told KTTV.

The letter when on to say, Wisneski told KTLA, that the dog had several illnesses but they could not take him to treatments. Wisneski said he took Otto, who he called Harley at the time, to the East Valley Veterinary Clinic.

"He has a skin condition right now that's treatable and it will take a few months but definitely something we can treat," veterinarian Danielle Chapman told KTTV. "It's absolutely heart-breaking. You know, you feel so bad for him and you feel so bad for the people that had to give him up, and he was obviously well loved. And they probably felt like they had absolutely no other options."

With Otto, aka Harley, getting treatment, Wisneski said he went on his next mission to find the owners. Wisneski told the couple once he found them that Leave No Paws Behind would cover Otto's health care and food cost for the rest of his life.

"We just are living week to week," one of the owners told KTLA-TV, who both wanted to remain anonymous. "We can't even go to the hospital to get our treatment. We thought he was dead, but he lives. He’s being well taken care of and, boy, we’re just so extremely grateful."

Wisneski said Otto would be reunited with the couple on March 28.

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