Dog Left Behind By Family Huddled In Trash Pile, Used Old Recliner For Warmth

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Too often we read tragic stories like this one. But if we ignore them, they do not go away. Reading and sharing create vigilance. If people didn’t keep their eyes open, then maybe Ollie-Loo would still be living in a pile of trash.

Ollie-Loo’s family decided he wasn’t worth it– when they packed up and moved away. He would remain behind for reasons we will never understand. Sadly, the pup sat amid the trash pile on the curb of his home, waiting. To keep warm, he curled up on a discarded recliner. Maybe he thought they were coming back for him. We will never know for sure what goes through a loyal dog’s mind.


Neighbors did mention that the family was evicted but they did return for another dog, a younger puppy. But left Ollie there. The dog was surely heartbroken and confused.

A volunteer, Terri Looby, with Detroit Animal Welfare Group (DAWG) was on call about a different dog when she saw Ollie, frightened and alone. Looby told News13:

“He was all curled up as tight as he could get. I got out of the car, he lifted his head, I started going over towards him and I saw the tail wagging. I used baby talk, I said ‘come on buddy, you’re OK.’ He came towards me and just started licking my face.”


Neighbors explained to Looby that the dog had been waiting in that trash pile for some time but it was certain that the owners no longer wanted him being that they came back for their other dog and left Ollie there.


Once Looby brought Ollie in, the vet immediately discovered that he had a badly broken femur. He was also significantly underweight.


Was his abandonment by his family a blessing in disguise since he had been neglected for some time?

DAWG posted Ollie’s story on their Facebook page and offers to foster him came pouring in. Ollie was quickly placed with a loving family with two little pugs.


His foster mom explained that Ollie has no concept of how big he is and likes to curl up as tight as he can to fit into his foster siblings’ little beds. Even with a bigger bed of his own.

Ollie needed expensive surgery to fix his femur so a charitable page was created. The goal was $2500 but money raised far exceeded that amount. Isn’t that an indication of more GOOD in this world that evil? We think so too!


The dog that was unwanted by his family had applications for a new home pour in! He found his forever home with a very nice family who will NEVER leave him behind. Ollie-Loo– we are so happy you got your fairy ‘tail’ ending.


Please share this story so more people learn about fostering. Without foster families, many of these dogs would have nowhere to go!


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