Quite sadly, not everyone views this as nearly the same as abandoning a child....as you and I and animal lovers do. Although, I have to say, it takes a special kind of "MEAN" to abandon a pet, which to most of us are actual members of our family!
Cruel, heartless.....yeah, those are 2 words that seem to fit. Very maddening. (You just want to find these nasty people and GROWL at them!)
Then, there are people like you and your family who "rescue." Thank heaven for the individuals with heart and soul!
My husband used to manage rental properties. In your wildest dreams....the average person cannot IMAGINE what people leave behind!! Beating a fast path outta town for some reason???