- 5 years ago
This is a long one, but I am so clueless as to what else I can do for this poor dog. My Fiance and I are very concerned for him.
So my neighbors are scum of the Earth (in my book). When we first moved in in 2011, they had a little yorkie that they kept tied up on the front porch bench in the middle of the winter. We would go over and give it a blanket, water etc. When the husband left, so did the dog.
Somehow the family (mother, 1 teenage son, younger daughter, and mom’s boyfriend) thought it would be a great idea to get another dog shortly after we got our own. Same breed and everything.
When Duke was a puppy, the kids played with him but he was never an inside dog. They kept him locked up in the kennel in the garage 24/7 during the SUMMER in TEXAS. They would drag out the kennel and hose it out to wash away the feces with the dog still in it. Us and our other neighbor filed a complaint due to all of this and he was super skinny.
Cops forced them to move Duke to the backyard and legally he has to have water and shelter from the elements. Well they do the absolute bare minimum and buy a dog house that he is even too tall for (german shepherd). Over time, this poor guy has had been neglected and forgotten about in their backyard. It’s a lot, but I will fast forward to the current things.
This past month, he has worn down the fences enough to break through to our side. He broke through twice in 3 days because he just wants some sort of human connection. The first time, he was so thirsty he would not stop drinking water. His ears were bloodied and scabbed from flies biting his ears. This happens to cattle, should NOT happen to domestic pets like a dog! I cleaned and treated his ears, and when the lady finally got home we had a nice little talk with her. Maybe I was too passive aggressive, but the dog is in such bad shape and is soooo sweet he deserves a loving family.
The second time he broke through, my Fiance and I went into their backyard to fix the fence because these people are never home. His dishes were looked like they hadnt had water in them in weeks. Trash everywhere, grass grown up to my knees. Duke has literally created a trench on both sides of the fences from pacing so much wanting to get on the other side. We talked to them again and the mom said they are so lost on what to do with the dog and they want to rehome him. I offered my help because this dog truly deserves better. But it’s been 3-4 weeks since and he’s still neglected back there.
Now they have him tethered on a stake in the center of the yard. He bakes in the sun all day because there is NO shade, he can no longer get in his ‘dog house’, his water dishes are always either flipped over or put of reach (and still empty). He broke of the tether once and I gave him water through the dense with the hose, I’ve also went in their backyard and snuck water to him. He’s drank 2 whole bowls without stopping.
We’ve called the police/animal cop 3 times and finally emailed him. He emailed back saying he would check back in with them. We have taken pictures of everything to document how bad it is. I’m trying everything I know how without being too invasive. I don’t know what else to do for this poor guy. Keep in mind, we are both homeowners so we are trying to be cordial since we have to live next to these assholes.
Do you have any recommendations on what else I can do? I doubt they are actually putting effort into rehoming him, so I’m afraid he’s going to be tethered in heat without water for the rest of the time. I am peaking over the fence everyday to check on him and check to see if he has water or maybe they have actually taken care of him somehow. I just can’t do this forever and neither can he