An elderly black Labrador was found abandoned, tied to the metal gate outside of Jasmil Kennels in Upchurch near Sittingbourne, Kent yesterday.

The workers from the Swale Borough Council Stray Dog Service found the abandoned Labrador and posted pictures of him on Facebook, asking for anyone’s help to identify its owner.

But what broke everyone’s heart was the note tied to the dog. The crumpled piece of paper read: “Please can you take me in as my owner has abandoned me after 10 years because I have not learnt to be good so I have been returned here where he found me.”

The Swale Dog Service soon posted an update, notifying everyone that they found the owner of the dog. His previous hooman’s extended family “know and love the dog,” and will be taking in the doggo into their care.

“It is rare that we find abandoned dogs in Swale as we try to proactively work with owners to find other solutions,” Rebecca Dart, communications and marketing officer at Swale Borough Council, told Bored Panda in an interview. “He is around 14 or 15 and is doing well for his age.”

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