Post # 17
This moved me to tears. I have a black lab and the thought of anything like this happening to him sickens me. If I were you, I’d try everything in my power to take him. Write/talk to your landlord, even explain the situation, beg/plead to be able to take him temporarily in order to find a suitable home for him, if not permanently. Then I’d just go over there and snatch that dog up. The dog definitely knows your goodness, and he deserves the best shot at that.
Good luck & keep us posted.
Post # 18
What a sad story, the poor thing must be so unhappy. I hope you’re able to take him away from their house asap….but I know you said you can’t take him home. I have a few animal rescue friends who make very long drives to rescue very big dogs and foster them until they can find permanent homes, but if CA stands for California, well, they’re Ontario-based. 🙁 Maybe you can search for a similar organization in your area?
Post # 19
I just wanted to add that Darling Husband (I keep calling him fiancé) and I signed our lease before we knew that his parents were moving. They are VERY strict here about only having very small dogs, and it’s hard to do otherwise since our apartment is so tiny. In addition, Darling Husband travels and tours often for work and I sometimes have to go with him, which is why we don’t have a pet in the first place- I refused to take any kind of pet in when I know I won’t be able to provide the attention and time that it needs and deserves. BUT if it comes to the point where they are about to take him to the first shelter they find and i haven’t found a home for him, I will definitely be smuggling him in here and staying in town until I can figure things out. I won’t let that happen to him, I promise.
Post # 20
Thank you so much for the wonderful suggestions. I really like the idea of talking to a vet, my family and I also agree that he may be great for a senior citizen. I’ll def be doing that.
My mom also suggested reporting them to an organization, which I have been tempted to do and would have already done if it was anyone else besides DH’s immediate family, but I know they’ll immediately know it was me, since I’ve been most vocal about this situation lately, and I know this will cause a ridiculous amount of problems and drama for my Darling Husband, so I’m trying to restrain myself.
Yes, I def agree that he will not make it if he’s placed in a regular shelter, which I’ve heard now seems to be their number 1 option. I actually did look into no-kill shelters- there is one in LA, but they are very selective and only take in very few animals. I think I’ll apply anyway… does anyone know if these shelters are ok for a dog? He wouldn’t just be in a small cage for the rest of his time there right? I hear they let them roam in special areas, but want to make sure this is true.
I will def look into those websites posted, including the rescue organizations and the lab boards (didn’t even know this existed!).
THANK YOU for all of your time, words, and help. It is incredibly appreciated.
Post # 21
I couldn’t read this entire post because I know I would get so depressed and hurt for this poor dog. I would seriously sit and worry about him as well. Is there any no kill shelters around you? I would call places to get some advice too. I wish I could take him for you.
I would also report your in-laws. That’s terrible.
Post # 22
That’s terrible. For the dog’s sake you need to report it. If the dog isn’t being feed or taken care of then that is…I can’t stop crying this is absolutely upsetting. If they leave the dog outside the neighbors must have seen the dog, so your IL’s may not think it was you. And even if they do, so what. They don’t deserve a damn thing. What they are doing is wrong and they shouldn’t be allowed to continue. The fact that your Fiance even jokes about it is alarming. What is the vendetta this family has against this kind and loving animal? IS it funny to them? Do they like to go out and kick bunnies?
Please please do something for this dog. Don’t let him continue to “live” like that. Don’t be the bystander that just watches. Help him!
Post # 23
can you anonomously report them? I know if I saw a dog in my neighborhood in conditions like that, I would call – so if you just called and said you didn’t feel comfortable leaving your name but you live nearby?
I also hope you and hubby will STRONGLY discourage them from ever having another pet.
Post # 24
I really hope you can find him an excellent home where he will be loved and appreciated. If you can’t, euthanasia would be better than living in the yard, muzzled, neglected, and unloved. I am not by any means condoning killing animals for no other reason than that they are an inconvience to you! Just saying that if for whatever reason you are unable to rehome him, (can’t find a place, they do it before you are able to do anything about it, or they won’t allow him to be rehomed, etc), know that you TRIED and that he would be in a hell of a lot better place than he is now.
Post # 25
Sorry if it was confusing, Fiance isn’t the one that’s joking about it- he would never do that, he knows how much it hurts me. It’s my father in law (FIL). I’m so sorry for those that I made upset, don’t worry I’ll figure it out and I’ll make a new post as soon as I do. I didn’t realize that there were so many rescue agencies in the area, which is relieving to at least know. I’ll be filling out applications this weekend and calling around first thing on Monday. Thank you so much.
Post # 26
I just wanted to say that this is a really heartbreaking situation, and I am glad that you are going to do everything you can to save poor Hershey. He is lucky to have at least one person in his corner trying to help him. 🙁 Animal cruelty is absolutely disgusting, and that’s exactly what this is! Seriously, do EVERYTHING you need to, including reporting your ILs, to put an end to this BS. I understand that doing that will cause friction, but IMO, it’s worth that in this situation. They sound like totally despicable people and it’s not worth protecting their feelings or trying to keep the peace or whatever when they’re behaving in such a horrible way.
Post # 27
Yes! They at one point considered getting another pet last year and I went off on them, like I would never normally do to future in laws. Told them how ridiculous that was, how they’re not even capable of taking care of the pet that they already have, how they should not be a family that should ever be allowed to have pets, and that there is no way I could let them do it. That idea passed quickly anyway. But I swear, I’ll be ensuring that they never have another pet in their home EVER. No freakin way.
Post # 28
So I see you live in Orange County, so I researched some lab rescue places. This is absolutely heart breaking. If I didn’t live in university house and was allowed to have dogs, let me tell you I would be so tempted to take him in!!!
Lab Rescue of Southern California: http://www.indilabrescue.org/
Orange County Rescues and Adoption: http://dogsoc.com/directory/rescue.htm
Southern California Labrador Retreiver Rescue: http://www.sclrr.org/
Labrador Rescuers: http://labrescuers.org/
I hope one of these works out. I hope you can find Hershey a better home! This is unacceptable and heartbreaking!
Post # 29
Report them, and then find an agency that will help you rehome him. I’m keeping my response short and sweet (I already erased my longer one…) so as not to go all crazy-animal-lover-lady on your thread. This made me cry, and now I need to go play with my dogs. :/ Jeez. FI’s dad has some similar tendencies – nothing at all to this extent, but the dog he has is an outside dog, never goes inside, and is never played with. Breaks my heart. Fiance and I play with him every time we go over, unless we can’t.
Post # 30
There is no way you guys can take Hershey for his furever home?
Post # 31
This just breaks my heart. A lot of PP have already given great suggestions, and I hope more than anything that you can find Hershey a great home that he deserves. Post on Petfinder, craigslist, maybe facebook, talk to a vet about the situation and ask advise on finding him a home, maybe talk to your landlord and see if you could give him a little extra every month to keep the dog, even if it’s just for a little while, and let any and all of your friends and family know- even if they can just foster him for a short period of time until a more permanent home can be found. ANYTHING to keep him from being given to a kill shelter or put down.
I don’t think you’re wrong at all for feeling the way that you do about your in-laws. I would too. I would even consider reporting them for animal cruelty at this point. Is Fiance upset about the treatment of Hershey, too? There is just no excuse for treating any animal like that. You absolutely right that anyone who treats an animal that way, especially after treating him like a member of the family for so long, is seriously lacking in character. It seems to me like they are taking out other un-related frustratations out on the poor dog. I understand how difficult the situation must be especially for Fiance, but I would talk to him about it and really express how you feel- because if it were me, I wouldn’t even want to be around those people. This kind of stuff pisses me off more than almost anything.
I really feel for you, and I hope you find him a great new home. I’ll be thinking of you and Hershey. Please keep us updated!