Irresponsible Person Dumps Dogs at Newhall Park in Concord

July 25, 2014 11:06 am · 84 comments


Several dogs have been abandoned at Newhall Park in Concord in the past few days.

This dog, who was found earlier today, was rescued just two days after five pit-mix puppies were rescued in the same spot.

As you can see, this most recent rescue is tangled up in a soccer net. Police were called, and the dog will probably go to the shelter in Martinez.

Thanks to the concerned Claycordian who rescued the dogs from the park.

We’re all hoping these dogs will find good homes. If you’re an irresponsible person, please don’t get an animal, or have a child.

Bravo Mayor July 25, 2014 at 11:08 AM

“If you’re an irresponsible person, please don’t get an animal, or have a child.”

That sums the issue nicely.

Incognito July 25, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Well said, Mr. Mayor
Humans are truly sinking to a whole new level.

Neverceasestoamazeme July 25, 2014 at 11:19 AM

I wish we could tie up some humans outdoors somewhere in the desert and leave them there.

Concord Guy July 25, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Mr. Mayor nails it in the head.

Diablo July 25, 2014 at 11:21 AM

What the Hell is wrong with people!

Sunnymoon July 25, 2014 at 11:25 AM

I hope somebody recognizes the dog and the “owner” can be held liable for abuse. So inhumane.

Jennifer July 25, 2014 at 11:26 AM

I saw him running through turtle creek yesterday morning! I tried to stop on my way to work and catch him but he ran away from me. He had that rope tied around him at that time also. When was this dog found? I wonder if someone found him and tied him up? Who knows. I hope he is okay. I felt so guilty for not being able to catch him yesterday, Im glad to hear he wasn’t hit by a car or hurt.

Michelle(original) July 25, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Why would anyone do this. This pisses me off to no end!

LD July 25, 2014 at 11:27 AM

While the Mayor states it succinctly, the kind of people who do this are not the type to pay attention. They will breed animals and dump them, and will also breed themselves without concern for the long-term welfare of their children. Very sad.

Anon777 July 25, 2014 at 11:29 AM


just a concordian July 25, 2014 at 11:29 AM


It’s been done. Romans called it crucifixion. Didn’t help…

Walnut all day July 25, 2014 at 11:30 AM

I saw a poodle running into the hills on Bailey in Pittsburg the other day. A Chinese lady was chasing it. I always carry an extra leash in my car because my dog goes with me places. But I didn’t have it that time. I put on my breaks and hazard lights and through the Lady chasing it a brand new leather studded leash I just got in the mail.
And most dogs have microchips I hope thier owners are found and tied and tangled in soccer netting in this heat. Fricking disgusts me.

What the hell is wrong with people? July 25, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Simple. No character. No accountability. No responsibility. No integrity. These traits are the foundation for any civilized society. When those traits are ignored and demeaned, civilization dies.

Kristin July 25, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Heartbreaking. Sickening. Sad.

anon July 25, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Instead of taking a picture of the dog , did anyone try and help the poor doggy .anyone give it water ? Its going to be 90+ degrees and all your worried about is sending it into claycord . Call animal services ! So he doesnt die of overheating . Use your dam brains people .

Concord Res July 25, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Irresponsible pet owners/parents are not likely reading this blog–or much of anything–anyway other than fast food menus and Cosmo magazine headlines at the checkout stands as they purchase their Sudafed. Mayor, unfortunately you’re just preaching to the choir …

lights and sirens July 25, 2014 at 11:59 AM

People make me sick. Human empathy and emotions are leaving are human race. More and more heartless careless disgusting people are polluting this earth. Prime example right there.

lights and sirens July 25, 2014 at 12:01 PM

And Mr or Ms anon.. comment right above they obviously did call read the story! And I wouldn’t get near that dog! Caught in the soccer net.. already under stress probably used as a fighting dog..that dog will bite if a person try to help.. read the story before commenting pls.. and try to use at least 5 percent of tour brain!

anonanonagain July 25, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Idiots abound. As one previous person said, these individuals that abandon their pets and walk off should be left behind in a hot desert too….An eye for an eye.

anon July 25, 2014 at 12:11 PM

These type of people also vote–even if they are illegal
we are so screwed………………….

smtc74 July 25, 2014 at 12:11 PM

To whom it may concern…

I took this photo while I stood with the awesome park workers while we waited for the police officer to arrive. I am also the person who came upon the 5 abandoned puppies on Wednesday. I did not take a photo of them because I was so distraught and in a panic over how to help them. I did what I could do as did the park workers. They’re at Martinez shelter in a “stray hold” until next week. Go adopt them!

Anonymous July 25, 2014 at 12:12 PM

I hate people……….

Young1 July 25, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Shameful and disgusting.

Mr.Wonderful July 25, 2014 at 12:21 PM

So Sad 🙁

Horse n around July 25, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Not condoning this at all, but at least they dropped the puppies and the dog off at a place that they obviously know is a dog lovers park. So maybe they knew they would be found and taken care of? Still wrong though.

Teresa July 25, 2014 at 12:36 PM

That’s just sad that owner needs to be tangled up in the soccer net and put it on the news so EVERYONE CAN SEE WHAT A PIECE CRAP THEY ARE!

Nick July 25, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Never come close to another pit bull unless you know the dog. ESPECIALLY IF THEY ARE UNDER DISTRESS, they are very unpredictable and cannot be trusted.

@12 July 25, 2014 at 12:46 PM

After I read the first couple of sentences you posted, I was waiting for a punch line.

@ Smtc74 July 25, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Thank you! For rescuing these beautiful animals. I hope all your karma is beautiful

DMZ July 25, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Breaks my heart.
Happy they were found.

Barbara Heuring July 25, 2014 at 12:59 PM

This pisses me off. .how can u be so irrisponsable in doing some sit like this. I’m part of a rescue and I foster so this saddens me. This dog will prob be euthanized if it goes to the shelter. Right now Martinez kills 4000 animals a yr and the public doesn’t know about it. I can’t wait until no kill takes over Martinez.

jean July 25, 2014 at 1:01 PM

What is wrong with people. They dump animals like their trash. I wish they could be found and fined.

VikingPrincess July 25, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Whom ever did this should not be allowed to have pets nor have children. I hope they have learned from this and will no longer do so..
Too bad there isn’t any surveillance in this park to identify the individuals responsible so they can be educated or bi#$h slapped silly. Bunch of nut pops.

slow down July 25, 2014 at 1:11 PM

interesting. how you know the owners abandoned this dog? could it not be a runaway? if it was tied up, perhaps some passerby left it at the park.

Humans suck July 25, 2014 at 1:13 PM

I hate it when i see pictures like this. This goes well beyond the issue of being irresponsible. This shows a deep lack of decency to leave a dog abandoned in the heat like this. I am guessing this dog was abandoned by some of the local scum that infests concord on a regular basis. probably the same loser who lives in a mobile home and wears a wife beater, drinking his 40 all day. And as a previous person mentioned – I hate people too!

@Horse n around July 25, 2014 at 1:18 PM

You are kidding right? at least they dropped off the dog in sweltering heat at a dog lovers park??? did you notice that the dog was trapped in a netting? if these concerned citizens really gave a sh*t about this dog they would have taken the dog to the animal rescue shelter. the creatures who did this need to be shot on the spot.

just a concordian July 25, 2014 at 1:27 PM


Chinese? How do you know?
It’s “THREW” not “through”

the punch line is “She invited me to a BBQ after I helped her catch the dog. Food was great but seemed like the dog had escaped, again”

smtc74 July 25, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Thanks to those of you who support my actions. I am not familiar with the shelters or their practices, I did the best with what I had at the time…which was at 6am! Thankfully, it was not hot and there were awesome people who were, and still are, very concerned for the safety of these animals!

@ Barbara Heuring July 25, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Grammar and spelling aside…..

If the shelter kills 4000 animals and the public doesn’t know about it, how is it that you know? Are you part of the general private as opposed to the general public?

And if, in reality, they do kill 4000 animals a year, how in God’s name can they ever become a no-kill facility? They would have to enlarge the facility by 10 times its current size.

smtc74 July 25, 2014 at 2:03 PM

It was not tied up, btw. He had a rope around his neck but he freaked out and got himself stuck in the soccer net.

Horse n around July 25, 2014 at 2:07 PM

@36. Nope didn’t notice that. Just trying to think of a reason why someone would do that. At least they didn’t let it go on the freeway right? Was hoping that maybe like I said, they would think someone would rescue it, being that so many people frequent that park. So get off your high horse. Geez you act like the world is going to end. Some people are so touchy.

Elif C July 25, 2014 at 2:16 PM

This is heartbreaking and I’m so glad there are so many people out there who care. Hopefully someone will adopt this doggie from the shelter.

This may not be too popular of an opinion but pitbulls are no more or less unpredictable than any other breed of dog. With all dogs who one doesn’t know it’s always better to proceed with caution…

Tom July 25, 2014 at 2:20 PM

This is so sad. The last paragraph of the article says it best.

I wish all shelters had the stringent guidelines of ARF. Ruling out the inappropriate homes should be a must for adoptions. Haven’t these poor animals suffered enough?

dilligafman July 25, 2014 at 2:40 PM

It’s no wonder why I like animals more than people!!!

VikingPrincess July 25, 2014 at 2:40 PM

The article states “dogs”. This was a few days after five puppies (litter) were found in same place. Highly unlikely the two events are not connected, especially since there is no mention in the article that this is the local Claycord puppy hangout.
Quack! It’s a duck. Period.
Idiots need to education or better yet…left to be dealt with in the way my ancestors served justice.

Bishop Estates July 25, 2014 at 2:48 PM

What kind of person does this…an a-hole that’s who! People make me sick

smtc74 July 25, 2014 at 3:03 PM

@VikingPrincess exactly! I just happened upon both events. All I can do is pray they are adopted and not euthanized. I did what I could.

Marissa July 25, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Poor pooch, .hopefully somebody will take it.

VikingPrincess July 25, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Good for you! Maybe a sign should be posted listing suggested safer places for animals without homes. If puppies still dropped off, then let the axe fall were it may.

furian July 25, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Drove by a little bit ago and saw the KRON 4 news van out there parked by the soccer nets.

They must read Claycord.

Linda July 25, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Smtc74 Thank you for rescuing this poor dog.
People need to realize pets aren’t like old toys they throw out.
And for all on here that are just criticizing spelling or grammar,
that’s not what it’s all about!! Get a life!! 🙁

Chevelle girl July 25, 2014 at 3:24 PM

@ smtc74 thank you for all you have done for the puppies and this dog.
I would not have approached a dog that was tangled and may have been hurt, you made all tithe right moves Some people, like anon are ungrateful idiots.

Me July 25, 2014 at 3:25 PM

@44 ARF is great but it has its own problems as well.
They go to shelters and pick up the dogs that are already deemed the most adoptable. I don’t think you’ll see a pit there too often.

The Mamba July 25, 2014 at 3:33 PM

I’m not in any way a pitbull apologist, but I have a friend who spends her time and energy going to shelters and working with pits to make sure they are obedient and can be adopted safely. I know a lot of us think having pits is irresponsible and asking for trouble, especially around children, but I have to say, no breed of dog is treated as inhumanely and cruelly. The dirt bags that own them are the problem, and this is just another example of that manifesting itself.

smtc74 July 25, 2014 at 3:33 PM

@furian…really??? Wow!

Amy July 25, 2014 at 3:36 PM

The pound is over run with Pit Bull and Pit Bull mixes. Idiots who don’t spay and neuter cause this problem. Notice they are not Collies or Poodles.

LocalGirl July 25, 2014 at 3:42 PM

@Smtc74 – THANK YOU – I am so glad you happened upon all these animals since you obviously have a big heart and cared enough to do something! I work near the animal shelter in Martinez, it’s heartbreaking how often people will just abandon pets near here because the shelter is closed or something. People out there are just heartless – thanks for not being one of those people.

Anon 2 July 25, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Smtc74. Thank you for being so caring for this poor animal. You did what you could for a stressed dog that you didn’t know . I wish there were more people like you instead of the scum that abandoned this dog and the puppies.

anonanonagain July 25, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Kudos to smtc74 for you taking care of this abandoned dog.
I’m wondering if it is a homeless person. I sometimes see them with a dog in tow. They see them as a possession it seems.
If you can hardly feed yourself, have an addiction problem, why drag along a helpless animal into your private hell?

TinFoiler July 25, 2014 at 4:26 PM

“If you’re an irresponsible person, please don’t get an animal, or have a child.”

Atticus Thraxx July 25, 2014 at 5:28 PM

I guess it’s not a stretch to imagine the same kinda person who tends towards pitbull types, would abandon same.The loyalty of a dog should always, always be returned in equal measure.
Cats…..not so much.

instagramma July 25, 2014 at 5:56 PM

smtc74 you did the right thing. As a dog owner, I would have found that quite distressing..
Whoever did this has no soul

smtc74 July 25, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Thanks for all of the props but really, it was all the work of the park workers that got them rescued. They are the ones who wrangled them up (the pups) and who waited patiently with this guy until help arrived. They deserve all of the credit. I just happened to be there with my phone when it was really needed. Hoping these babies gave a happy life, that’s all we can do.

smtc74 July 25, 2014 at 6:09 PM


iscoffy July 25, 2014 at 6:14 PM

It’s not the shelter’s fault that people over-breed and abandon pit bull mixes, small terrier mixes, and chihuahua mixes. The shelters are stuck doing the best they can with the limited resources they have to deal with inheriting the results of other people’s irresponsibility. No kill places only take the pets they know they can adopt out, otherwise they’d be entirely full of aggressive, fearful and old cats and dogs and not able to help any others. Sad, but that’s the reality.

People also have an unrealistic expectation that if they abandon an animal or drop it at a shelter, it will get a home. Maybe it will, and maybe (probably, if it’s older, sick, a pitbull mix, etc.) it won’t. I guess it’s “easier” to think everything will turn out great, rather than to think the animal will be put down, but… when you adopt a pet, you take on years of responsibility and expense along with all the fun parts, and if you aren’t prepared for that, get a pet rock or something. So sad, frustrating and anger causing.

VikingPrincess July 25, 2014 at 7:24 PM

On that note… When I was a teenager and took Bart to SFO Mission there was a chosen (his choice)homeless guy with a scrawny flea bitten kitten he was using as bait to beg for $. I asked if I could buy the kitten (to save his life) and he was reluctant. I had to barter $40. A lot of money for me back then as a teen. Turned out to be a Main Coon mix. Big Gorgeous cat…had a great life. I know he bought drugs but at least the kitten lived. I’m sure longer than he did.

Still anon July 25, 2014 at 8:06 PM

I was at the dog park on Sunday and a guy came by and said he had heard that there were a lot of loose dogs at the park. I told him I had neither seen nor heard that. Wish I would have seen them Sunday.

Concord July 25, 2014 at 8:31 PM

I so hate people who do this to these poor dogs. VikingPrincess thank you. These homeless skums in SF use animals all the time to beg with; it is really sad.

Me July 26, 2014 at 1:21 AM

Don’t get me wrong. I agree that this is wrong… However it is hard to get rid of a pet when a person needs to. For example, my grandma is THE CAT LADY. when she had a pulmonary embolism and her life had to change in a major way, we had to step in. My grandma had rescued and kept 15 cats all indoors in her way to small home. She wasn’t able to come home for a long time and when she came back wouldn’t be able to care for all those cats. However when we wanted to take the cats to shelters etc so they could be rescued it was going to cost us $60 per cat. With the whole of our extended family barely getting by as it is , it was an extreme hardship to accomplish. So I ask what options do people who find themselves suddenly struggling have? When you have to have money to give up a pet and don’t have the luxury of time to seek out new owners? I still think what this person did was wrong but I challenge you to find solutions and make them available to people in need

Anon July 26, 2014 at 3:52 AM

“Please be kind to each other”


“If you’re an irresponsible person, please don’t get an animal, or have a child.”

You people at are liberal elitists and judgmental as hell.

RunDogRun July 26, 2014 at 7:26 AM

Who suffers the most when
the economy is bad? People’s
pets … the shelters are full,
animals are being abandoned
in public places in the hope
someone will give them a good
home. Can we really put up
with Obama until the end of
his term? And, the ecomony
*is* Obama’s fault. He’s had
plenty of time to “fix” things
and he hasn’t. The littlest
victims of the cutbacks
people have to make in hard

Sheila Margarucci July 26, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Yes a lot of humans make me sick. They are just nuts in general, I feel more sorry for animals more than humans, they can’t look out for themselves.

Cat Wrangler July 26, 2014 at 8:42 AM

How horrible for the poor dogs. I hope a good, loving, conscientious person/family adopts them now and they have a happy and healthy life.

The humans who did this are heartless, cruel and the lowest of the low. They are probably doing this to their children and other responsibilities, too. 🙁

Silva July 26, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Viking Princess, Sounds like money well spent! Blessings, dear.

I do wish I could help more animals in need. I used do do more, but you must know your limits, and at this point we have two rescue cats, and we inherited my mom’s one rescue cat, and we know any more dependent animals wouldn’t be given a healthy and happy life. In our family it’s unheard of to adopt or buy an animal to later give up for any reason besides our death. In our world they are people too.

gratt July 26, 2014 at 11:00 AM

let me guess the color of the dog’s owner???

Silva July 26, 2014 at 12:07 PM

#76, Why?

Yhe Phantom July 26, 2014 at 6:50 PM

#72 RunDogRun

Do not adopt a pet of any kind!

“When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk. That’s what happened here,” the President said.

Tom July 26, 2014 at 8:13 PM

People who do this are lower class people of any race.

Anon July 26, 2014 at 10:29 PM

I am not condoning what was done, but my guess is that who ever abandoned to dog at a dog park was hopeful that some kind person would take it home. They were probably thinking it was a better option than the shelter. It is not the right thing to do, but obviously the person thought it was the best option. I have a friend that turned the family pet over to the shelter while her kids were at school and then told them the dog was lost. The reason- she was in a bad marriage and the husband was physically hurting the animal in front of the kids. In another instance, an elderly lady we used to know surrendered her dog the shelter because she could not afford the vet bills to treat the dog the final months of its life, and she had no money. It was heartbreaking since she had the pet for many years. While I do not think that it is right, at least this dog is now being cared for humanely.

furian July 26, 2014 at 10:46 PM


Yep, saw the van but never saw the story on the news. Wouldn’t surprise me though as often see crossover stories with Claycord and the local tv outlets.

GreyGoose Caboose July 27, 2014 at 12:50 AM

@ # 81 – I think you are missing the point… it is kind of like the road to hell is paved with good intentions. If the person who abandoned the dogs truly believes they did a good deed, then they need to be educated on the horrors which can occur to animals which are abandoned in public places. It is highly inappropriate to say.’ oh its ok they dumped the dogs because they thought they were doing them a favor’. The truth is it is never acceptable to abandon sentient beings (whom are dependant upon you for their survival) because you can no longer care for them. In both of your other examples, the person did the “right” thing by taking the animal to the shelter. No body likes to take their pet to a shelter but it is the resoponsible thing to do if you can no longer care for the pet and are unable to find another suitable home.

Now lets just hope your friend got the heck out of her nightmare marraige and took her abused children with her.

smtc74 July 27, 2014 at 7:39 AM

From the Martinez shelter website…

“Free Spays & Neuters for Pit Bulls!

In honor of America’s Birthday Month, all spays/neuters for Pit Bulls are free. Adopt a Pit Bull or Pit Bull mix before the end of July and the spay/neuter fee is on us! “

SadSadStupidWord July 28, 2014 at 8:04 AM

@smtc74–Thank you for stepping in and helping out these poor animals.

So sad that people just dump their poor pets at the dog park. I really wonder what is wrong with people. Wow…finding puppies and this poor dog dumped at the park within a few days of each other is really sad. The pups were lucky they weren’t eaten by coyotes or racccoons. Sad to see this poor dog with a rope around his neck and acting so afraid. I hope these dogs find good homes.

Had a friend who got his dog at the dog park. Someone had abandoned the poor little dog at the park years ago and he found it early in the morning on the small dog side of the park and adopted it. Not sure what happened to the man. Haven’t seen him in ages.

dmama August 2, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Met this dog (Leo) today at the Martinez Peddler’s Fair. He is up for adoption, and what a sweetheart he is! He was so mellow and just wanted to be loved on…sure hope he finds a good home!

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