A Kings SPCA-Rescue worker penned a scathing letter to the previous owner of a dog who was abandoned on the side of the road in Lemoore, California.
The dog, who rescue officers have come to call Banjo, remained on the side of the road for an entire week in the cold, eating sticks to survive, while waiting for his owner to return. Even after rescue workers came to give him food and petted him, he did not want to leave.
“He cried for days,” Kings SPCA-Rescue shelter manager Darlene Laboc told ABC News.
Rapozo penned the letter on Jan. 3, referring to Banjo’s previous owner as a “heartless scumbag.”
“Dear The Callous POS owner of this dog,
Today we noticed a couple of emails from people that had noticed your dog that had been abandoned on 15th ave and Excelsior ave. After looking at date, your dog had been sitting there since Saturday morning at least. It was 3:00 pm today when we finally noticed the messages because we have been so busy. We decided to drive over and see if we could help. Sure enough there he was.
He waited for you.
He hadn't left the place you made him stay. He was being a good dog. He stayed close to the last place he saw his favorite person in the world. He thought you were coming back. He was watching every car that would come down the road hoping it was you coming back for him.
Your dog has been freezing, hungry, and scared for days because you are a heartless piece of crap.”
Rapozo continues the letter by describing how she and other rescue workers spent a great deal of time, over multiple days, trying to get Banjo to trust them, to not be scared, to eat food, and eventually how she had to carry him into her vehicle in order to rescue him.
“I don't care who you are or your excuse as to why you abandoned my dog. It's probably a BS reason anyways. You are a scum bag. I pray your year is filled with karma and bad health,” Rapozo concludes the letter.
The letter, posted to Facebook, has been shared more than 28,000 times, received more than 32,000 likes, and viewed by over 1.5 million people as of Jan. 9.
Kings SPCA-Rescue posted an update on Banjo on Jan. 8, stating people across the United States and abroad have shown interest in adopting him and that he is doing well.
“Thank you all for your kindness and helping us to get the word out that behavior like this POS is unacceptable!” Kings SPCA-Rescue wrote on their Facebook page.