Nothing brings people together like a dog in need. When RL Das spotted a dog on the 16th floor balcony of a high rise apartment building in freezing Toronto, he posted this image to the Liberty Village Residents Association page on Facebook:
In an attempt to find out how to help the pup, he asked for advice on whether he should call Animal Services because he’d heard the dog howling for 45 minutes.
Commenters and fellow residents of the area shared advice, outrage, and disbelief, wondering who could leave their dog out in the cold winter weather. Some commenters offered the dog a home:
Some offered ways to keep the dog safe until help arrived:
While others were ready to head down to the building to demand that something be done:
But one thing was very clear — this pup, who neighbors recognized and mentioned was named “Duck,” had a whole team of people ready to come to his rescue and get him safely back into his warm home.
Almost six hours after the original post was made, an update came from another Facebook commenter who spoke to Duck’s owner:
According to CityNews, president of the Liberty Village Residents Association Todd Hofley posted to the Facebook page to propose a new plan to be discussed in the next association meeting that will avoid this incident in the future:
“I will bring forward a potential template for pet owners that stipulates if there is reasonable belief that their pet is in immediate and life threatening danger because of getting outside, that the condominium corporation has the right to enter the unit and bring the animal inside.”
While this pup seems to be safe again, many dogs are not as lucky. If you see a dog that might be in distress, reach out to someone who can help, whether that be the police or an organization dedicated to animal welfare. There are always people willing to help make sure no pups suffer.
Featured image via RL Das/Facebook