The Sound of Silence?
last modified: Tuesday, March 13, 2007 (7:15:56 PM)
Some of you may know, but I'll give some quick back story anyway. My neighbor and his family are evil people. Actually, evil is a crippling understatement. But I won't be profane and quickly move along with my story. They've abandoned their property and leave at least one dog for "protection." They don't bother to maintain the property and don't visit to feed/water the dogs. One of our very own dogs, Chispa, was a puppy we rescued from them about two-three years ago.
Well, the latest dog they've abandoned is actually Chispa's mother, a rottweiler. I kept calling and emailing the city to get something done but nothing happened. I was beginning to lose hope. Then one day, there was no begging-bark. You see, I used to make the mistake of feeding the neighbor dog, so it wouldn't die. But it fattened up, so the city refused to do anything because abuse couldn't be proven. So, when it's meal time for my dogs, the neighbor dog would unleash this almost human howl/beg/bark type sound for food.
But lately, there's been no barking. I did see code compliance and city vehicles snooping around my neighbor's property. I can only hope that the city somehow seized the dog and rescued it. She was somewhat bony and covered in noticeable sores. I don't know for a fact what happened. I've looked for a corpse but I couldn't find one, didn't smell one.
*sigh* This is not exactly the best news, but I'm slightly relieved. The dog, where ever she may be, is in a better place. I love animals very much and feel a great deal of guilt for the situation going on next door. "I could have done more..." The real failure is the city and local humane society. I pointed them in the right direction many times but nothing was done. This does not ease my guilt in the least, tho.
So, please, treat your pets right. Spay and neuter your animals, don't have copious puppies and kittens if you honestly cannot care for them yourself. You don't know what others might do if they adopt or buy a pet from you. Play it safe and prevent your animal from breeding uncontrollably. Also, if you feel you can no longer care for your pet, try to find a loving replacement home or shelter. Don't just set them free and let them wander the dangerous streets.
Didn't mean to be a bummer, but I had to release some steam.
On a more positive note, the WC site has been revamped and is now live. Check it out if you want to kill some time. ^_^ http://www.welcomeconsumer.com