The woman was furious when she saw what was happening in the parking lot of the shelter.
Anne Flores was on her way to the Harris County Animal Shelter in Houston, Texas, with a friend when she came upon a horrific scene outside.
Two young women were there with two dogs, and it seemed they were trying to drag the dogs towards the shelter, reported Animal Channel.
The dogs seemed to know what was happening, and were flatly refusing to walk into the shelter. They threw themselves down on the ground, and all but literally begged their owners not to surrender them.
One of the dogs even rolled over onto his back in a submissive gesture to try and appease his heartless owners, but to no avail. The two women just laughed at the dogs as they tried desperately to avoid their fate.
Flores was livid the longer she watched the spectacle, and even the two women just picked the dogs up, laughing along as they went, and carried the dogs into the shelter.
"To them, it was just like throwing trash away. There was no remorse, nothing. I was really, really angry, and I could feel my blood pressure rise. Why get an animal if you’re not going to keep it and do this to them?" Flores seethed.
Flores took photos of the incident, and later sent them to Harris County Animal Volunteers, who quickly shared the dogs' story on their social media pages.
The female dog, Mandi, was scheduled for euthanasia the very next day, while her brother, Truman, had a few days' reprieve before his appointment. It was urgent that both dogs find homes immediately.
Cypress Lucky Mutt Rescue lived up to their name and came to the rescue, taking both the dogs but appealing for anyone to come forward and foster them until permanent homes could be found.
Fortunately, with all the media attention the two dogs had been getting, the rescue managed to find foster homes for both dogs relatively quickly.
Kellie Donoghue, the director of Grace Mercy Love German Shepherd Rescue collected Truman so that he could stay at their shelter. But she was horrified at what she saw when she went to get him.
“First, he was howling. We tried to get him to walk, but he pancaked flat on the floor and wouldn’t move. He was so terrified he was peeing. But he was wagging his tail the whole time, which tells me that this dog just needs love."
But by the time they got him into the car and Donoghue was driving with him, Truman had already begun to calm down and trust her. In just 25 minutes in the car, Truman was already cuddling up to Donoghue.
“In an hour, we saw a fantastic transformation of a dog who wouldn’t walk and being flat on the ground and shaking, to feeling safe to sleep in the car and get close to me. He’s going to be just a fantastic dog to live with,” Donoghue said.
Mandi is being fostered by Jackie Duncan. Unfortunately, she has a host of medical problems, including heartworms and mange. Her foster family is ensuring she gets the medical treatment she needs, and teaching her to trust them.