What do you do when your pet has a bleeding tumor? Put her in a garbage bag

UPDATE: During this writing, an update was posted that a nonprofit rescue organization has a CTA (commitment to adopt) on the dog – who is the subject of this article – for tomorrow, April 17, pending the vet’s examination and agreement to release to the public or a rescue.


A senior Welsh corgi mix, named Blackie, was carried in to the Carson Shelter in Gardena, Calif., in a cardboard box to be surrendered by her family. There’s more. Her family put her inside of a plastic garbage bag, which was cinched tightly around her, making her completely immobile. The reason for the “royal” treatment: She has a bleeding tumor.

Blackie dumped at the shelter by her family wrapped in a garbage bag
(Saving Carson Shelter Dogs’ Facebook Page)

The shelter asked the family if they wanted medical care. They declined the offer and went on their way. Blackie appeared to be happy in spite of the fact that her family “threw her away” in a garbage bag.

The family refused medical treatment, but “[t]he Carson staff took her out and cleaned her.” That’s when they discovered the tumor. According to the facebook post by Saving Carsons Shelter Dogs, Blackie “has a mass on tail, which is painful upon touching/lifting tail.”

It is certainly plausible that – as the post states – Blackie’s family could not afford vet treatment. However, given the severity of the tumor and the sores that appear to be infected around or in her eyes, it is more likely that this is a classic case of animal neglect.

Although a crime, it is better not to charge people who surrender their pets with obvious and serious signs of neglect. At least they have a chance to be saved and given the much-needed attention and affection from those who genuinely care. Facing criminal penalties would only deter people from surrendering their animals. The animals’ fate could be much, much worse.

So, to the family that dumped Blackie like trash, thank you! What you deemed as “rubbish” became the rescue community’s treasure.

Blackie at Carson ACC (© Saving Carson Dogs facebook page)

Blackie is currently in Carson’s medical building, C413. Below are other pertinent information about Blackie:

  • Gender: Female
  • Breed: Welsh corgi mix
  • Age: 10 years old
  • Sterilized: Yes
  • ID #:   A4446812
  • Other info: Has bleeding and painful tumor on tail area
  • Shelter information: Carson ACC (LAAS), 216 Victoria Street, Gardena, Calif.; Phone number (310) 523-9566; Hours: M-Th, 12 noon – 7 p.m.; F-Su, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


(Article updated. See above)


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