VIDEO: Dog Recognizes Former Owners Through Shelter Fence… But Then They Left Her There 😭

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This is the saddest story ever for any human being. You don’t even have to be a dog lover to feel the empathy.

DOWNEY, Calif. (FOX 13) – Video of a shelter dog excitedly wagging its tail at the sight of some people on the other side of a fence has been shared thousands of times on Facebook, but it’s the story behind the video that has everyone interested in the footage.

According to Steven Latham with, the dog in the video, now named ZuZu, was reacting to the sight of her owners, but it turns out they weren’t there to take their family pet home. They apparently wanted to adopt another dog. The shelter reported the family did not end up adopting another dog that day, but they did not take ZuZu home either.

The video, originally posted on Facebook by a shelter volunteer named Desi, was shot during a time when Shelter Me trainers were working with a group of shelter dogs in a fenced area outside of Downey Animal Care Center outside of Los Angeles, California.

In her post, Desi said she noticed ZuZu became very excited at the sight of some people outside of the enclosure.

“With her fast wagging tail seeing her owners Zuzu [lit] up like a Christmas Tree. She looked like the happiest dog. Yeah, she’s going home. But no. Talking to her owners they told me they were not here to reclaim her… they were getting another dog,” Desi wrote.

It appears ZuZu became upset when her father, another German Shepherd, died. The family said she was whining a lot, and then managed to escape into a neighbor’s yard, who called animal control to take her to the shelter.

Desi wrote, “Their reason was because she was crying and sad since her father passed away. She wasn’t a happy dog anymore. Their solutions for her unhappiness was just leaving her here! And go get another dog.”


Yikes! I don’t even like pets, but I can totally understand how this dog would get so sad over the death of his family member. If I don’t like pets and understand, I really don’t see how a dog lover couldn’t understand this dog’s pain. It sucks..