Oooohhhh! I am so upset with my neighbors I could scream!

My neighbor's handsome dog - black lab mix from next door.
@Katlady2 (9920)
United States
September 18, 2007 3:26pm CST
Now that they have a new baby in the house, they seemingly have neglected their gorgeous black lab mix, Raider. The poor guy went from roaming around in a spacious back yard to being tied to the house next to the garage. I heard him howling this morning, and when I went to my fence and looked over, he had no food or water. It was all I could do not to take him and put him in my own yard with my other two "kids". So after debating with myself for a minute or two, I ended up calling Animal Control. The lady came by, checked on the dog, and I think she put a citation on the neighbor's front door. The sad thing is, I think the fiance is home, but she won't answer the door. I already told hubby that if they can't take care of Raider, I will offer to take him into my home. Hubby even agreed. We'll see what happens tonight when the boyfriend gets off work. I'll update you if I hear or see anything new.
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32 responses
• United States
18 Sep 07
I think I would have talked to my neighbors first before calling the animal control. For one thing the peace of the neighborhood is at stake. 2 maybe that new mother needs some help in dealing with her new born baby. She might have been very grateful for some assistance in taking care of her dog given all of her new responsibilities. Its sad the dog is not getting the attention that he was use to, but with a new baby the whole household dynamics change. I think if it were I in that situation I would have been grateful that a neighbor cared enough to ask if they could help me tend my pet.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
18 Sep 07
If the boyfriend was anything but the way he is, I would have done that in the first place. But he is very unsociable, and very rude and obnoxious, and would have started a ruckus just over me knocking on his door. He's already upset the peace of the neighborhood all on his own many times over with his loud parties and music. And all that time, I kept to myself and kept my mouth shut. But this was just too much to see this dog suffering like this. I am normally a very peaceful person and don't usually do things like this, but I felt I had to step in this time.
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• United States
18 Sep 07
Then Katlady you must do what you have to. Sometimes even the best intention is taken out of context. So if this is the case you are right to move forward as you are.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
18 Sep 07
Thanks for understanding hon. I appreciate it.
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@ctrymuziklvr (11059)
• United States
18 Sep 07
I think it's a good thing that you called animal control. I hate hearing about situations like that. I'm sure they are too busy now to care about the dog. Maybe they will be happy that you would take him. I'll look forward to hearing what happens.
@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
18 Sep 07
Thank you so much for your support hon. And thanks for standing up for me in the last response too. I don't make it a habit to call the cops or animal control on people. I'm usually the peaceable one. But this was just too much. I'll let you know if anything comes of it. Thanks again hon.
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• United States
22 Sep 07
Katlady I would have done the same thing you did. I am not one to sit by and let something like this go on. It's time more adults took a stand and speak up for abused and neglected pets. If they can't handle having a baby and a pet, they should find the pet a new home, it's not saying they are bad people b/c they can't handle it.
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
18 Sep 07
I'd have reminded them about their dog. Of course if Raider started looking worse or if he was found roaming the neighborhood unattended, then I'd call animal control. Someone really should sit the owners down and tell them that they have a responsibility to the baby, the dog and to the neighborhood.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
18 Sep 07
Yes, they do have a responsibility. But for the life of me, I can't see how they couldn't hear him howling and barking. He's chained up right under one of the main windows! So that didn't help my anger any at all. I would have talked to them if I knew it would have done some good. But the boyfriend is an a$$ and talking just makes him worse. I hope they get their butts in gear and start taking care of him. Thanks hon.
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
18 Sep 07
I would scream too. I am glad you called animal control. Someone has to speak for those that can't. It is too often that people have babies and forget about the faithful companion that stood by there side for years. It makes me so angry that dogs are left to suffer, chained up in the yard with no love. I hope your neighbours see the error of their ways and re bond with their dog or give him up to a loving person such as yourself and your two babies. Good luck and I hope Raider is okay. You should be proud of what you did as I would have done the same thing. Maybe all they needed was a wake up call...I hope.
@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
18 Sep 07
I'm hoping it woke them up too. I used to have to have one of my dogs on a chain years ago, but I always went outside and took him off of it to play or go for a walk, and sometimes bring him in the house. He wasn't lacking for love. But this poor baby is I think, and I hate it. It's just breaking my heart. Thanks so much for your support hon.
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@weemam (13377)
18 Sep 07
This is so sad , they should be introducing the baby and the lab to each other or it could get jelous , people forget that dogs have feelings just like we do , I hope they treat their baby OK , ( sorry that wasn't a nice thing for me to say ) but I was thinking it xxx
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
18 Sep 07
I never hear the baby screaming, so I think that at least the baby is getting spoiled. I think that if they introduced Raider and baby Raider would be so happy. Don't worry....I was thinking the same thing as you hon.
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@3lilangels (4639)
• United States
18 Sep 07
well i agree with you,im glad you did call animal control because this poor dog doesnt deserve this kind of treatment under any circumstances what so ever,if they are too busy then they shouldnt have a dog.hopefully you can have him and i know you will take great care of him and love and respect him the way he should be treated.god bless.pattie
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
18 Sep 07
Thanks so much hon. We already have the little guy spoiled rotten. The fiance knows we give him treats and she was ok with it. But the boyfriend is so rotten I don't think she told him. But we give him milkbones, and have even fed him bowls of dog food. He is so sweet, I would love to have him.
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• United States
18 Sep 07
That's so sad to hear! Luckily, my dogs are well behaved (when they want to be) and have gotten along with my sisters baby from day 1. Maybe that's why they can't have him around the new baby? Jealousy? I dunno, but either way he sounds lucky to have you for a neighbor. I hope all works out well for the poor pooch. No dog should be neglected, they didn't pick that family, that family picked them. Hoping it all works out alright.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
18 Sep 07
Thank you so much hon. From what I have seen, Raider loves kids. He definitely loves my two, but they are teens. The fiance has a daughter from another marriage, and she is only 3 years old, and Raider lets her do just about anything she wants to him. Maybe they are too preoccupied with the baby right now, but the dog shouldn't have to suffer for it. I hope I can get him soon. Wish me luck.
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• United States
18 Sep 07
Sorry to see that the family is a source of much potential drama, but still wishing you luck, hoping the best for Raider too!
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@crazed_moma (1054)
• United States
18 Sep 07
Poor doggy. I hope he gets the attention he deserves. I always feel bad when I see dogs stuck on a chain all the time. I feel guilty just making mine hang out in the yard when we're gone.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
18 Sep 07
I try to spoil him as much as I can by giving him treats, but I know it's not enough attention for him. I hate making my two stay outside too, especially when it's raining. But I can't bring them in because they like playing tug of war with cats. So that's not an option. But they have big cushy dog houses to lounge around in, PLUS all of my old comforters and afghans to keep them all snuggly. Thanks hon.
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• China
19 Sep 07
I think it' a good thing that you caled animal control.
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@seared (247)
• China
19 Sep 07
I totally agree with you and support you do that.await for your good news!:)
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• United States
19 Sep 07
That is so sad to hear. I hate when that happens. If they can't take care of a dog....what makes them think they can take care of a baby? The pet is part of the family. Yes, please keep us informed of what happens. At least if they turn out to be decent enough to admit that they can't take care of the dog, let someone who can take care of it do so.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
19 Sep 07
Thanks so much hon. I agree about our pets being part of the family. Heck...mine think they are bosses of the household! LOL
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• United States
20 Sep 07
Yes, i love my fury babies as if i gave birth to them myself. I would never just neglect them like that. How sad, that people just loose interest like that and be so careless.
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@chertsy (3804)
• United States
19 Sep 07
That is no excuse to ignore a pet. After I brought home my youngest, I still took care of our dog. The way you talk of this couple, I do hope they didn't buy the house and they are just renting. I don't see why he should be tied up. Here if they find a dog tied up with no food and water, they go in and take the dog. Only because the weather here hasn't been all that great. Does Raider have proper shade from the sun? Maybe they feed and give him water at night. Still no excuse to tie him up if he has a big back yard to run around in. I scrolled down and read and noticed that you said the boyfriend is a jerk. Weird how she puts up with that and the wild parties. Here if a party is to loud and goes on afer a certain time you can call the cops for disturbing the peace. This makes me feel so greatful that I finally live in a quiet neighborhood with wonderful neighbors. I do hope they get there act together with Raider or come to there senses and realise that they can't take care of him anymore and turn him over to the pound. I will be waiting to hear the update on Raider, it saddens me to see a pet pushed aside all because a couple brings in a baby. Either take care of the dog to or give him up so a new family can adopt him.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
19 Sep 07
Very well said hon. Raider was in the shade of the house so there weren't worries there. But for him to be tied up without at least water all day long, it just killed me inside. I think with the new baby, the parties have stopped and won't start up again for a long long time. Unfortunately they are renting to own the house, and the boyfriend's brother is the one that is the owner of the house. When the brother lived there before, I did call the cops on one of his parties, and they came right out and shut it down. The police department here is really good about that. That was a couple of years ago though. I had no problem taking care of my pets when I had my kids either. So I just can't understand why these two can't do it themselves. I posted an update on it. The link is in a couple of my replies to responses here. Thanks so much hon.
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@chertsy (3804)
• United States
20 Sep 07
First I like to say after I read this I went straight to see the update. I am very happy for Raider. Also for you, that the parties have stopped. Maybe the guy will grow up now and realise this dog needs just same amount of attention as a baby does. I do hope for Raider's sake that they don't tie him up again. Most of all forget to feed and give him water.
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
18 Sep 07
I really hate People like that it makes me so mad I hope something gets done before it is to late and I really hope he will be coming to live with you Sweetie as I know he will be loved and looked after I tried to ring you tonight but no Answer Sweet Love and Hugs
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
18 Sep 07
Hmmm...I looked on my caller ID and didn't see any new numbers except for one from one of the other members here. Maybe it didn't register. I just got back from picking up my daughter and my friend's son from school, but I'm getting ready to leave again. We'll connect one way or another. I hope I get the dog too. I love him already as if he was my own. Hugs!
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
19 Sep 07
It might not show because it is from abroad send me your Number again just in case but it probably will not show with it being abroad as I know mine doesn't
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
19 Sep 07
I'll send you an email in a few minutes. I'll be gone for a few hours, but I'll let you know when I get back.
• United States
24 Sep 07
Good for you Katlady2. I hope you do get Raider. He deserves a good home. I am an animal lover and I hate to see any animal abused. Not only would I have called, I would have been pouring water and food over the fence. Keep us informed please.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
25 Sep 07
He's doing much better now. He's in the back yard, sometimes on a chain (a longer one) and sometimes not. He was off the chain last night, so my daughter got to play with him through the fence and give him treats. And yesterday afternoon, he came out of the garage, ran across the street to socialize with one of the other neighbor's puppies, and promptly came to me as I was getting in my truck and tried to climb in with me. His owner was laughing about it, and he told me that Raider would definitely climb in if I let him. Maybe one of these days I'll get to take him for a drive when I pick up my daughter from school. Things are getting better both dog-wise and neighbor-wise. Thanks hon.
• China
24 Sep 07
If this dog influences you,the host who suggest you seek a dog discuss
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
24 Sep 07
That might not have to happen. The dog is much happier now. He is in the back yard and his owners are giving him much more attention. Hopefully it will stay that way. If not, I will be asking them if they would like to give him to me to take care of, even if it's just for a while. Thanks for your response hon.
@applsofgld (2506)
• United States
22 Sep 07
Oh my Katlady what a dilemma. Let us know how it goes with the dog. I can't stand to see an animal suffer, whether it's physical or emotional. If they don't have the time, and with a new baby they may not be able to handle both the pet and the baby, and if that's the case, then they should surrender the dog or find it a new loving home. That is a wonderful caring gesture on yours and your husband's part to take the dog into your family. Best of luck to you and to Raider.
@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
23 Sep 07
I am still hoping Raider's family keeps treating him right. He's now in the back yard, sometimes on a chain and sometimes not. They at least bought him a new longer chain, so his movements aren't restricted like before, and they now go out and play with him and give him lots of attention. My daughter is a bit disappointed though, because he's not close enough to our fence to give him treats. But at least things are doing better. If it gets bad again, I will have my hubby go over and see if they will give us the dog. My two brats already get along with him, so it would work out just fine. Keep your fingers crossed for the little guy. Thanks hon.
@MsTickle (24993)
• Australia
20 Sep 07
I'll be looking for your next post. I hate when people do this. Neighbours of mine get a dog and don't look after it then give it to the pound as a stray (so it will be destroyed) then they get another. They got one recently but gave it back after neglecting it because it had a dodgy leg. Then they got another and another. One kept getting out and they kept shouting at it and belting it. They go away for days and leave no food or water and the dogs are tied up. They cry so. It's left for me to feed them. The one that used to get out...my neighbour took into the scrub and shot it. I call the authorities and the ranger comes out but nothing happens. There are a lot of dogs around here continually chained up and fed only every second day. Or less.
@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
21 Sep 07
I did post an update on the situation. Raider is off the chain, and now in the back yard running around freely. I can't believe the people in your area that are doing things like that. I think THEY should be kept chained up for a while and belted and see how they like it! Thanks for sharing hon.
@creematee (2810)
• United States
20 Sep 07
That breaks my heart to hear stories like this. Have you had any news? Has the AnimalControl taken this poor pup yet? I know when I was pregnant with my third child, we adopted a little puppy. She peed EVERYtime she was in the house and never outside where we would be for 2 hours before she would be allowed to come in. I got so sick (literally) from cleaning up after her, we had to take Lil Lady to the pound. I still feel heartsick about it, but we knew we wouldn't be able to take care of her with the baby coming. Dumb people like your neighbors don't see things that way, do they? Good for you to turn them in. Ignoring that dog will only make it worse when that baby gets bigger. Dogs do get jealous!
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
20 Sep 07
At least you took her in to where she could be adopted out to a new home, and you knew it was the right thing, not only for the puppy but for your health as well. I think the neighbors came to their senses because Raider is no longer on the chain. I think they've even been taking him into the house! So I think it all turned out well. Thanks so much hon.
@flowerchilde (12547)
• United States
20 Sep 07
Awww! That's too bad! Hopefully they will come to their senses and take good care of him again and also not leave him chained. And if not, hopefully they will realize they don't really want him anymore, and let you have him, rather than be stubborn or belligerent..
@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
20 Sep 07
I think that notice straightened them out. He's been off the chain since then, and I think he's been staying inside the house sometimes too. Thanks hon.
@2003350Z (27)
• United States
20 Sep 07
So I know that I am a little late on this discussion but I just wanted to say that I believe that you did the right thing calling animal control. I mean you couldn't very well just let the dog go on being treated like that. I mean I would do the same thing if I were you.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
20 Sep 07
Thanks so much for your kindness and support hon. I appreciate it very much. And by the way, welcome to mylot. I hope you enjoy it here.
@nikkiwith (1074)
• Australia
20 Sep 07
That is so sad, i get so angry when i see and hear of people neglecting their pets. The sad thing is that people aren't punished enough, animals are seen as 3rd class citizens. When i had my daughter i felt guilty because i paid less attention to my cat, but it's different if it's a dog, dog's have different needs to what cats do. I would love to have a dog for my daughter to own but i will not get one until i am positive that i can look after it responsibly.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
20 Sep 07
And that is a good thing. You're waiting until you know you can take the time to pay attention to a dog. I had cats and a dog when I had my kids. In fact my dog grew up with them. I treated my dog as if she was my baby's twin (without the diapering or throw up LOL). But it was because I was ready to do it, and my husband was a big help too with all of my "kids". I think some people take on way more than they can handle, and then situations like my neighbors happen, and that is just so sad. Thanks so much hon. And thanks for the backup in the other member's response too. I appreciate it.
@Lovett (465)
• India
19 Sep 07
Hey, i feel u should ask your neighbours for adoption of this gr8 dog. I feel so sorry for this poor thing. The other day, I came home from a tired shift, n was fast asleep. It was around 8 in the morning, n it was raining unususally heavily. Then my dad heard a dog crying, n saw that there was a dog who was run over by a car. N his cry for help was just so loud, that even though it was raining heavily, my dad n bro heard it from our living room. Just as when my bro was wearing his coat to go out n help the poor dog, a kind old man came, n carried the dog, n took him away. I was asleep all this time, n they did not wake me up!!! After I woke up n they told me this, I just started weeping. I couldnt imagine, an animal in so much pain, n helpless... i would have just ran out n brought him home, had I witnessed it.. Not to exaggerate, but, there is something in me, that really cries when I witness an animal in pain .i wish that poor dog lived.The highlight of the story is that, even though thr dog was crying in pain, nearby these was a person wasing his caror somethin, n he just ignored him... my bro knows that guy, n I wish that guy has his conscience hurt him!
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
20 Sep 07
That is so sad. I'm glad that elderly man went and picked him up. I would have gone running out and grabbed the poor thing just like you would have. As for my neighbor's dog, things are looking up for him. He's not on the chain anymore, and from all the happy yips I've been hearing, I think he's doing much better.