Hannah's Story

A very sad story to tell - sometimes the positive outcomes are just out of reach!

Recently as gentle soul came into the care of Hope Rescue but it was too late to help her. She was given the name Hannah and her plight touched the hearts of everyone. As a result, our Chair of Trustees penned an open letter to her owner on Facebook, which was subsequently picked up by some sections of the media, from the Daily Express to the Examiner in the USA. 

You can read the open letter below. Rest easy sweet Hannah, knowing that at least towrads the end of your life, there were people who cared,

Open Letter to Hannah's Owner

"We don't know what her real name is - but you do. We called her Hannah so she had a name rather than the ID number she was given when she was admitted to the pound as a stray. She was too weak to stand so the pound staff made a bed from an old duvet for her to rest on - did you have a comfy bed for her? Her nails were the longest and most overgrown we have ever seen - and we have seen 1,000s of strays over the last 10 years. Her waist was so thin a human hand could fit around it. Hannah gently licked our Rescue Manager's hand as she quietly stroked her, trying so hard not to let her tears fall on to her. The gentlest of souls obviously in so much pain - how could you have not noticed?.We prayed that the vet would say we could save her, that we could move her to a foster home and that her life would change forever from that moment. But we were too late. Hannah's liver was in complete failure, she was incontinent and her back legs had gone completely. We were left with no option than to let her go on welfare grounds, free from the pain and suffering.

"As we shed yet more tears, do you even care? Are you settling down for your tea tonight without a second thought for the dog you left to die? She could hardly stand and was too weak to walk so how did she get outside? We can only guess you finally dumped her after watching her suffer for so long. You should know just how deeply we cared about Hannah's plight, how the pound staff cared and the vet staff cared - was there ever a time you cared for her during her 8 year life?. Sleep easy Hannah and we wish with all our heart and soul that you didn't have to end your life in a stray dog pound, so cruelly let down by the one person who should have been with you at the end - you."