Post # 32
Please do anything in your power to get him out first. Even if it means breaking the rules for a few days while you find a place to rehome him.
I would caution against reporting it for now if it means that the in-laws know it was you.
Priority-wise, the dog needs to be rehomed… especially if he is 10 or 11 years old. ANY SHELTER (even no-kill shelters) are not a safe place for animals of that age. In the end, the no-kill shelter will ship the dog TO a kill shelter (just so they can keep saying they, themselves, are no kill).
Post your story on Kijiji or Craigslist.
Keep us updated!
Post # 33
Post stuff online! Tell the whole story with as much anonynimity as you can. People on craigslist, petfinder, etc can be really nice. And a lot of people have soft spot for elderly dogs.
Also, find out what petsitting organizations are in your area and e-mail all of them, asking for help. I used to work for a petsitting company and my boss would send out emails constantly about animals in need–someone was almost always willing to help.
Not sure its been mentioned, but sure you try breed specific rescue organizations as well.
Post # 34
That makes me want to cry. Really, i have tears in my eyes. Dogs are the most loving pets ever and to treat them that way is absolutely horrible. Is there any way you could find someone who would want to keep the dog and just pretend he “got away” when you take him for a walk one day?
ETA: I see a PP gave much better suggestions on that for lab rescue. Please help the poor doggy.
Post # 35
This post seriously just made me cry. I don’t care who it is, even if it was my own parents – I would do something immediately regardless of the tension it would cause in the relationship. I’d hold off on calling animal control, because he might just end up in a shelter. But just post on facebook, craiglist, anything, to see if anyone is looking to take in a dog. Share this story, I’m sure people would be sympathetic and want to help. No dog deserves this. My heart is breaking for Hershey 🙁
Post # 36
This is terrible. Send me their information and I will report them. They deserve to get in trouble for the way they treat this dog. How do they respond when you say things to them?
Post # 37
As a lab owner myself, this makes me so sick, sad and angry. Thank you for standing up and trying to do something! Thank you! Honestly I’m in Ohio or I would take him. I have a chocolate and a yellow and ge sounds just like my chocolate baby!!! I would talk to a vet and the rescue organizations that someone posted above. A lab his age and in his condition will not last much longer, so please do all you can. I honestly can’t write much more without getting upset. I wish I was closer. I hate situations like this!!
Post # 38
This made me cry too. Especially him wrapping his little paws around you. The poor thing. I’m wracking my brains for my friends in LA who might want a dog. I would take him myself I weren’t so far away!!!! The poor thing!! I hope you get some replies from the applications. Thank you for trying to find this pup a good home, he deserves better than to be treated so poorly. Heart breaking.
Post # 39
This is breaking my heart. I especially love older labs- they are SO sweet and loving. This lady I knew had a baby and started neglecting her dog too- to the point she put it on prozac for dogs. It was SO sad!
I hope you can find him a good home or adopt him. 🙁
Post # 40
Hi! I know this is a weird first post but this story made my eyes tear up and my heart ache. I have no words for your in laws (I mean i do but..) Don’t worry about their feelings or stirring up drama. They are neglecting a dog to death and they are totally in the wrong. Thank you for caring and trying to help him!
Can you mobilize your network to find a temporary home for Hershey? Maybe you have a relative or a friend or even a friend of a friend who could take him in. It sounds like he needs to get out of there asap! This is kind of a long shot but I live in Oregon and my little bro lives in Walnut Creek Ca and if you could find the dog a ride to Berkeley in the next week my brother could bring him up here and we could give him a very happy and loving home! We’re major dog lovers and we have a six year old dog already so if we took him in he’d have all the walks, treats and lovin he could handle!! I couldn’t read this and not offer to help. Good luck and Pm me if you want my email.
Post # 41
That’s horrible. Why have a pet in the first place if you won’t give it the love it deserves? is it possible for your fiance to sneak him out of there as soon as humanly possible so he won’t have to deal with that abuse again? If not, you’ll need to call the police and animal control immediately to report the abuse.
Post # 42
@Miss mint chip:
That is so kind of you. I hope you and the OP can work something out.
You might want to talk to local rescue organizations to see if any of them can help with transportation to Miss mint chip or any other possible adopter – many organizations are staffed by animal lovers who will volunteer their time to transport dogs.
You might also post this story on dogforums.com… that site gets a lot of traffic from dog lovers… someone there might have more advice or might be interested in fostering or adopting Hershey.
Good luck! He definitely deserves to live out his golden years in a place where he feels really loved. If I weren’t so far away I would take him.
Post # 43
I’d call them in to animal control and report them. I have no problems doing that to anyone, including my own family. If you are going to mistreat an animal and not listen when someone is telling you there is a problem, then I’d be calling them in. I called my DH’s neighbor at his parents house in as I almost ran over their dog when we lived there (they left it outside, off leash).
If your not comfortable calling them in, then have a friend, or even someone else on here call them in. I wouldn’t waste any time reporting it.
Take the dog and talk to your landlord. You may be given a few weeks to find it a new home. I’d take pictures to show the situation and hope for the best. If I was on the west coast, I’d gladly take the dog in. I’ve got a lab and lab mix of my own.
Maybe see about getting him a ride to the other person on heres brother. Not sure how far that is from you, but if it was less than maybe 4-6 hours, I’d be driving it myself. Whatever to get the dog out of the situation.
Post # 44
This post made me cry as well. I have a 6 yr old yellow lab and she is the sweetest dog in the world. I agree with PPs that something needs to be done immediately. I wish I lived closer and could help somehow. Definitely contact the organizations that were posted or take the awesome Bee up on her offer to give Hershey a forever home. I don’t see how people can treat an animal like that. I disagreed with the way my in laws treated their old lab as well even though the situation wasn’t nearly that bad or extreme. Basically they let their dog get at least 50 lb overweight and he had a ridiculous amount of health issues, I’m sure he was in pain and it made him a complete grump and super grouchy. They fed him treats and people food constantly all day long and refused to do anything about his weight or exercise him. One day he snapped at Mother-In-Law and bit her hand and they immediately drove him to the vet to be put down. Such a sad situation because I believe his health issues led to his personality turning bad. I really hope everything turns out ok for Hershey. Please keep us updated on this!!
Post # 45
Talk to your landlord and show them pictures and explain the situation to them. They might even let you keep him if you offer to pay extra on your lease/ agree to pay for any damages. Good luck!
Post # 46
I don’t know whether or not it’s a good idea to call animal control… unless the dog is obviously underfed, it may be hard for animal control to prove the dog has been mistreated. Best case senario is that they would fine your in laws and take the dog; however, I am concerned this would lead to the dog being put down since he is pretty old for a large dog. I feel like finding the dog another home might be the best way to go.