A sad and potentially dangerous situation recently occurred at the Brevard Adoption Center SPCA in Titusville, when a man tied a beagle to a post outside the building and abandoned it there.
Although the SPCA is open, the person in charge acts when the parking lot is empty. Tragically, this was nothing new.
“Animals are abandoned here several times a year,” said Shelby Montgomery, public relations and community engagement coordinator.
Much of the recent incident was captured on security camera footage.
Susan Naylor, associate director of the Adoption Center, explained the danger.
“After being practically dragged past the building, the dog was clearly terrified. It was hard to deal with because he was traumatized and became aggressive,” she said. “When our staff went to help him, he repeatedly tried to bite him. If a passerby without training in defensive handling or a child had approached the dog to help it, it could have been bitten.
She talked about signs on the property reminding people not to abandon animals and that it’s technically a crime. The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office will look into the matter.
There are more humane options. “We are a judgment-free zone and understand that sometimes people can’t keep their pets,” Naylor said.
“That’s why we’re here. All we ask is that people call us, so we can figure out the best way to help.
The abandoned beagle was named Bailey. He is at least 7 years old.
“So far he’s been fine and getting a little friendlier with the staff,” Montgomery said. “They are able to feed it and pet it. He is medically monitored and we hope to make him available for adoption soon.
The community rallied behind Bailey’s cause, bringing her a menagerie of stuffed animals and other goodies. Monetary donations are received for her care, through the SPCA website, PayPal or Venmo.
The Brevard Adoption Center SPCA is at 6065 Sisson Road in Titusville.
For more information, call 321-567-3615, or go to [email protected] or spcabrevard.com.