I'm just glad that by the time I read it, Shy1 had posted her follow-up so it did end okay. I suppose we should be grateful that the owner didn't actually abuse the dog and left him where he knew he'd be found and cared for ... don't get me wrong, I'm not excusing it, just glad it wasn't worse.
Why are some people so hung up on breed standards? Unless you're a breeder, of course, but other than that, I just can't see leaving a jovial and friendly dog that way. It seemed to make sense to her anyway!