Owner dumps her 20-year-old spaniel at shelter

Is it any wonder Sonoma is terrified and confused as he waits in a caged kennel at the Carson Animal Care Center? On April 18, Sonoma, a 20-year-old spaniel, obediently walked into the shelter with the one person he trusted his entire life; he had no idea this would be the last time he would ever be with her. It was to be the supreme betrayal of loyalty. A volunteer standing at the counter overheard the following heartbreaking conversation moments before Sonoma was led away:

"SONOMA spent his entire life with the woman that just left him at the shelter. She felt he was too old and she would come home to find him swimming in the pool because he is DEAF and BLIND! He is completely confused about what is happening to him; it must be so scary. He needs help now! Please share for his life, he's such an angel."

Click here for Sonoma's Pet Harbor listing. "My name is Sonoma and I am described as a neutered male, tan and white Cocker Spaniel. The shelter thinks I am about 20 years old. I have been at the shelter since Apr 18, 2017." For more information about this animal, call Los Angeles County Animal Control - Carson at (310) 523-9566. Ask for information about animal ID number A5051334. A Facebook page to follow this dog's plight can be found here.

** UPDATE **

On Wednesday, Sonoma was welcomed into the family of Frosted Faces Foundation.

"...but ultimately, it doesn't matter when, how, or why you surrendered your dog. At any age, the only languages a dog will ever know are fierce loyalty and love. There is nothing one can say to explain to your dog all of the reasons you feel your decision of abandonment is justified, and that is why we operate Frosted Faces Foundation."

Owner dumps her 20-year-old spaniel at shelter

And so the senior has started his new life - all 20-years of him. With the help of rescue volunteers, Teresa Molina and Vicki White, the happy dog's butt wiggled and he took his freedom walk on Wednesday afternoon - just hours after his heartbreaking story garnered attention on social media.

Owner dumps her 20-year-old spaniel at shelter

"Meet Frosted Face Sonoma whose days will go on, his heart will heal, and we will be his advocates- me, his new family, all of you. Where anger meets love, we act," stated the group on their Facebook page.

Owner dumps her 20-year-old spaniel at shelter

Then came a bath, scratches behind the ears and some reassuring words that this dog is in a better place. Then came the light green bow tie, a delicious meal to take the edge off and finally a soft bed to rest his weary soul. Welcome home Sonoma; you are one of the lucky ones.

To help Frosted Faces Foundation help more dogs, donations can be made here. Sonoma will need $25/month sponsoring Fans, please register at www.frostedfacesfoundation.org/fans/.