The DODO reports a story for a 2-year-old dog named Coby. Coby’s parents were tired of his garbage digging, and decided to put an end to the behavior in late November by dropping the unsuspecting dog off at Fairfield County Shelter in South Carolina,

Suddenly far from his family and home, Coby was terrified, and volunteers couldn’t help but feel sorry for him.

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“He is scared out of his mind … almost like a feral dog would be … but not once did he growl, or try to bite,” Samira El-Hage‎, a shelter volunteer, wrote on Facebook. “He wanted to hide under the raised bed or run away when we got outside. He kept trying to chew the leash and would not look at us.”

“He just stands in that corner facing the wall,” she added.

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But El-Hage‎ wasn’t the only one moved by Coby’s predicament. Several states away, Leigh Maddox, founder of Compassion For Cats of Delaware, couldn’t believe a family would abandon their faithful pet over such a small thing.

“He tugged at my heartstrings and I instantly knew we had to pull him [from the shelter],” Maddox told The Dodo.

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