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Posted: February 02, 2016

Older dog cries at shelter when owners leave with younger pup

By Cox Media Group National Content Desk


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An aged dog was abandoned at a shelter when her family decided to take home a younger dog. 

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Cookie the cocker spaniel, who's believed to be between 10 and 15 years old, and a Labrador retriever were turned into the City of San Bernardino Animal Control after they were found wandering the city streets. 

When the family that owned the dogs went to the shelter to pick them up on Dec. 30, the owners chose to take the young Lab home and left Cookie. 

Confused and scared, the older companion cried and howled as the owners walked out of the building and walked out of her life. 

According to one dog-related website, this happens all too often; owners leave older dogs at shelters and trade them in for younger pups. 

But lucky for Cookie, word of her story spread quickly. 

It wasn't long before an organization called OC Small Paws So UT helped find a foster mother for Cookie.

Cookie has medical conditions that require special attention, and she has already undergone surgery for cancer. OC Small Paws So UT has pledged to maintain her health and well-being and has documented her journey on the group’s Facebook page.

The organization wrote that they "have made the collective decision to not adopt her out. She will stay under the care of the rescue for the rest of her life in a local forever foster." 

We are reposting this since we keep getting emails and calls asking us why we gave the people a new dog. Please read...

Posted by OC Small Paws So UT on Monday, February 1, 2016

Cookie is feeling much better now that she is almost healed from her first surgery. She is eating well and enjoys...

Posted by OC Small Paws So UT on Friday, January 29, 2016

Cookie is relaxing and recovering. She is feeling ok considering the big surgery that she had yesterday. Thank you to or...

Posted by OC Small Paws So UT on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

COOKIE UPDATE:She actually has 12+ tumors. He got most of them off except the one in her vaginal area. There is no way...

Posted by OC Small Paws So UT on Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Cookie got blood work today and it came back pretty good for this old lady. He said that she is cleared for surgery...

Posted by OC Small Paws So UT on Monday, January 11, 2016

Cookie is set to get blood work tomorrow to make sure she is in good enough shape to do surgery. She had multiple tumors...

Posted by OC Small Paws So UT on Sunday, January 10, 2016

Cookie had a spa day and is enjoying her toys!


Posted by OC Small Paws So UT on Monday, January 4, 2016

More of Cookie in her foster home.

Posted by OC Small Paws So UT on Monday, January 4, 2016

Cookie is doing well in her foster home.

Posted by OC Small Paws So UT on Sunday, January 3, 2016

UPDATE:With all of the misinformation going around on Cookie we are going to clarify a few things.1) Cookie and...

Posted by OC Small Paws So UT on Saturday, January 2, 2016

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