Sections of this post have been edited due to confusion on some readers part. Let me clarify.
Day in and day out, I watch a Sharpei dog, in a pen, in my neighbor's backyard. I listen to him bark as he watches the other two dogs this lady has, play in the yard. I will clarify this later about the 2 dogs. He is ignored, totally. The Cabell Cty. animal control has been called, and came out last spring. The reason they came is because another neighbor had gone over to cut the inside dog's toenails, a Basset Hound, and saw that the pads on his feet were completely gone. They had been burned off where the dog stood in its own urine for hours on end. The husband would take the dog (Basset Hound) out before he left for work at 5:30am and then again when he came home between 6-7 pm and it stayed in the cage for the rest of the time.
The officer came, cited them, and told them they had 2 weeks to get things taken care of, or the dog would be removed. They never came back. This is the reason that animals suffer and die at the hands of this type of person. Neglect and abuse, pure and simple. She now has another dog that looks like a cross between a Pomeranian and Chihuahua. It has the tendency to bite, too. I don't know where she got the dog, but I know why she has it. Because the neighbor that sold her the Basset Hound as a puppy, (the dog that was caged inside the house), has a MinPin that was a rescue dog from an abuse case in Lincoln Cty., WV back in '06. This woman just wants to keep up with the "Jones', so she got the little mix breed.
The dog in the pen has not been out in over 4 yrs. This is not an exaggeration, either. What is the use of calling animal control if they will not come out and do the job they are paid to do? And, the excuse they don't have enough officers is poppycock. The budget for them is $300,000.00 a yr. Ridiculous! Ah, he is barking again. Poor dog. I have called the pound myself, and get the same line. "We will send someone out, thank you for caring about the animals."
Evidently, someone has said something to them both. Because the Basset and the little mix get to come outside frequently now. But, it is just for show. They only come out when some of the neighbors are out. If no-one is out, the dogs don't get to come out. She makes a big show of sitting on her porch with the little dog on her lap, petting it. But, if no-one is paying attention, and the dog barks, she slaps it. I see this with my own eyes, and have had several heated discussions with her. It does absolutely no good. But not the Sharpei. It, by the way, was her daughters ex-boyfriends dog. But when they split 4 yrs. ago, he was put in the pen and virtually forgotten.
The neighbor that sold this woman the Basset was warned, but didn't want to make enemies, since they had just moved into our sub-division. Her nephew is actually the one that called Animal Control. I have talked to her about this lady, but she doesn't want to make waves. In other words, chicken. So, I hope I have cleared this post up a little. Thank you for reading my blog, everyone. I appreciate it and the comments.
Labels: abuse, animal control officer, neglect