Here is a photo from a couple of years ago. He was getting old then, but he was still in good health.
I won’t show a photo from now. He has a large lump on his side—the result of a cancer of the liver, according to the vet. He eats ravenously on some days but will go without eating much for several days in a row. His ribs stick out through his skin.
He may die at home, or we may take him in to have him put down. When do you do that? He still has some good days. He can still walk and even runs once in a while.
A man from Des Moines took their sick family dog in his car, told his wife he was taking him to the vet to have him put down, then left the dog in a ditch. The dog was found but was later euthanized, the owner was located by the dog’s microchip.
I don’t know the man’s motives. What he did was wrong. But I think I understand how it could happen.