Post # 91
Amberdaisy : Uh, in Houston, making a GSD (or really, ANY dog. Or cat) live outside is absolutely neglect. Especially in the summer. And also putting him in a situation where he escapes constantly neglect. Plus, as someone who lives here, with 2 dogs (one of whom is 3 legged because he was shot), we have a serious SERIOUS animal abuse/neglect problem here. It is seriously disgusting and terrifying.
haileyblue : Have you tried BARC? That’s where our rescue takes dogs that they can’t take into their program. Definitely don’t take him to Harris County.
Post # 92
libellules : I know, I’ve been to Houston. I picked up and flew feral cats back from Houston and rehomed them myself after getting their vet work done. I’m well aware of the problem, however, I am also in a southern state, and regularly do inspections on outdoor dogs (among other animal living situations) and can tell you, they do adjust to living outdoors. With appropriate shelter, shade, and sustenance, a dog can live outside in most weather. Allowing the dog to escape is not “neglect,” neglect is allowing the dog to escape, be hit by car, and not seek vet treatment. Allowing the dog to just escape is being irresponsible.
Post # 93
This is a hard one… Seems the weather in TX is very hot this time of year. I know there are usually animal laws stating you can’t keep an animal tied up outside with no shade and no water. Seems someone would step in to at least give the animal water.
That said I would not even attempt to approach the owner again. May be worth a visit though to the ‘animal control’ center. A face to face visit is harder to ignore than an email or phone call. Just a thought… many times popular dog trainers in the area will know what to do or who to turn to in order to get action taken.
Post # 94
Hi everyone, I have an update on the whole situation!
The cops finally came out, and they must have agreed with me that she’s legally neglecting the dog, given the nasty phone call I got from her yesterday.
Today on Nextdoor she posted asking if someone would give him a new home. If not, she will be surrendering him to a shelter this weekend. So soon enough, this baby will be out of the heat and this bad condition. I’ve struggled with the idea of him going to a shelter because of the risk of euthanization, but I’ve come to terms that all of this falls onto HER hands for being such a shitty owner. Someone commented on her post saying they were interested and have owned GSD before, so I’m hoping that happens or a rescue is able to pull him from the shelter.
Also, we’ve decided she is the scum of the earth person for treating her dog like this, and given the phone conversation that I had with her yesterday, we will be installing surveillance cameras on our home Monday. I don’t know if she or her teen boy would try to get back at us, but we aren’t putting it past them. Plus, we’ve been wanting to get cameras for a while now, so making enemieswith the neighbor was a good push.
Thanks to everyone for all of the support, encouragement, and insight. It took me harassing the cops and animal control people for a while, but it looks like it will soon be resolved.