Animal Abuse.
last modified: Sunday, July 31, 2005 (11:03:29 PM)
Every Saturday morning, my husband and I work on our house. We cannot reside in this house yet, but soon. So, every Saturday, we go and improve the place. Our next door neighbors actually do not reside next door at all. They abandoned their house and reside elsewhere. Their property is littered with broken-down vehicles, garbage and other assorted items one might find at a junk yard or trash heap.

In the midst of this land fill are two adult dogs and one litter of puppies. All of which appear completely emaciated. My initial reaction was to immediately report them to Animal Control/Welfare. However, as I stated before, we do not currently reside in our house due to repairs. Thus, we do not have home owner's insurance. We will not have it until someone actually resides inside our new home. In fear of retaliation, we opted instead to speak directly to the owner of the dogs. There was a strong implication that "anyone could drive by your house and see these dogs, they are obviously being neglected." The owner assured us the matter would be taken care of and there was nothing further to worry about.

Today, another Saturday, has come. We have just finished making additional improvements to our new home. The mother and litter of puppies are now gone. However, the adult male dog remains. Desperately hungry. His ribs are showing, he's constantly moving and dehydrated. I live in Dallas, TX and I know these 90-100 degree days are taking a toll on this animal.

My husband and I feed the dog what we can, but it's not enough. We sprayed water into his filthy bowl, hoping it will prolong his existence. Seeing a creature in pain, starving, unable to escape or take care of itself, breaks my heart. It disturbs me to the core to witness these atrocities. And, the worst part, I feel powerless to help. I fear what may happen to our home. It's completely paid for, so losing it would be devastating. I have every reason to fear they may burn down our house, and without insurance, we could never fully recover our loss.

What am I supposed to do? I took pictures of the dog as it is now, to assist any future investigation. I feed the dog what I can: dog food, treats, hot dogs, whatever. But the fault lies in this heartless monster who abandoned him. And I really don't know what happened to the mother and puppies.

Things like this weigh on my mind and conscience. I can't hardly take it. http://welcomeconsumer.com
re: Animal Abuse.Saturday, July 30, 2005 - 9:41:13 PM

Hiya WC,
You can report them without giving your name to them.
Or you can ask them to withhold your name from the records because you think this may cause harm to you or your house, They will understand.
This happens all the time.
Help the dog it''s the right thing to do.
I myself would like to thank you for feeding the dog when you can, You most likely saved the dogs life by giving him some water and food.

re: Animal Abuse.Sunday, July 31, 2005 - 1:17:35 AM

Thank you so much Roy. That means a lot. I fear they will know it is us reporting them. I mean, considering they know we are watching the dog so closely. It''s just, a stressful situation. Thanks so much for the support. I do want to report them and will probably have to. It''s unfortunate.

re: Animal Abuse.Sunday, July 31, 2005 - 1:30:03 AM

You need to call animal control. Don''t worry about the owners, it''s the dog that requires your assistance. They will take the dog, give it a checkup, feed it, and find it a good home.