Neighbor neglect their dogs

@dee777 (1418)
South Africa
December 31, 2012 6:22am CST
I am in a very difficult situation. Our neighbors left to visit their parents now for almost one full week. Their two dogs are wondering around hungry. My son had share our dogs' food the first two days with these dogs and gives them water every day. I am so angry and have send the neighbors two sms's telling them to get home to attend to their hungry dogs. I told them that I will report them if they do not come back to feed them. The have ignored my sms's.
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@Cutie18f (9564)
• Philippines
31 Dec 12
How irresponsible and heartless are they. I hope you won't get tired feeding them. The poor dogs must be hungry and thirsty all the time. I hope the owners will go home soon. But what if they don't come back? Those poor dogs need help and I am glad that you are one kind neighbor.
@dee777 (1418)
• South Africa
31 Dec 12
I am not sure if I am kind anymore, for I have stopped feeding them yesterday. I am still so angry at the neighbor. I hope that they will return today. I feel so disappointed in them for having two dogs that they care little about.
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@Cutie18f (9564)
• Philippines
1 Jan 13
Oh please. The dogs must be very hungry by now. It is not their fault really that they have negligent owners.
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@dee777 (1418)
• South Africa
19 Jan 13
It was horrible - and I am so happy that it's all over and that the dogs are ok!!
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@hereandthere (21784)
• Philippines
1 Jan 13
i tend to feed our dog first before myself, even if i'm so hungry and tired i don't know what to do first. my reasoning is he can't feed himself. he can't go out and hunt for it. he can't buy or cook it either. he has no choice so it's unfair to him. it's the same way with children. it's not their fault so why deprive them or punish them?
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@dee777 (1418)
• South Africa
1 Jan 13
Thanx! I do exactly the same. In the mornings when I wake up and switch on the kettle for coffee, I firstly fill their bowls with food. People who do not care for dogs should never have them in the first instance.
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@sugartoes (32328)
• Greencastle, Indiana
13 Dec 15
@dee777 I have a neighbor that has 2 huskies that he don't feed them like they need to be fed, he feeds them like a CUP of food a day & ON THE GROUND & he don't think to water them either & when he does it's not enough for them. I've gave him food & I've even gave him 2 dog house's for them to get out of the weather & he don't appreciate none of it the shelters around here are no help either they don't do CRAP when I KNOW they can do more than they say they can
@iluvusabado (2560)
• Philippines
1 Jan 13
my aunt and her family went on vacation to the province before the holiday season. and they asked my uncle, their neighbor to please feed the dog while they're not around. i wish they could have done the same.
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@dee777 (1418)
• South Africa
1 Jan 13
Exactly my point. If just all the people can see it like that and do the same, or then take the dogs to a kennel for the couple of days while they are gone. The poor dogs must now suffer for their negligence.
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@sugartoes (32328)
• Greencastle, Indiana
13 Dec 15
@dee777 I look at it this way if you can't take care of your self then you sure the ? don't need a animal to care for the same with kids. if you can't feed it you don't need it ! ! !
@BabyCheetah (1913)
• Australia
1 Jan 13
OMG please report them straight away, you gave them a chance to respond and they are not. If you have stopped feeding them then they are suffering. Call the authorities to have them taken to a kennel where they will be properly looked after. Stuff what the neighbours think about this they should not have these dogs in their care and should be fined for negligence. If you don't do it what's to stop them from doing it again and maybe next time their pets won't be so lucky
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@dee777 (1418)
• South Africa
1 Jan 13
I see this as a serious offense and will report them if I see no movement from their side. I will definitely not leave it here. As you said - I might happen again if they do not get a wake-up call.
• Australia
2 Jan 13
Good I'm glad that you will, those dogs aer lucky to have such a good neighbour to be their voice
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@MsTickle (24752)
• Australia
31 Dec 12
This must be excessively distressing for you but please don't blame the animals. No matter what the owners are like these poor doggies still need food and water and I think it has become your responsibility. You cannot wait "till next time" to report this matter. The situation needs to be reported now so the dogs can be rescued. I'm not surprised if one of the dogs has become aggressive, I'm sure it's natural if you are starving and neglected. Please continue to do the right thing and get this matter reported to the authorities now!
@dee777 (1418)
• South Africa
1 Jan 13
It's almost New Year and I do not want trouble. I will continue to feed the dogs, but will have a serious talk with them when they return - that is for sure!
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• India
31 Dec 12
How can they do that ? They didn't think a little bit before going to vacation that who will feed these dogs in their absence. Its so nice of you and your son that you helped these poor dogs with food and water. I hope your neighbours will come back soon after reading your sms. I don't understand why some people keep pets when they cant take care of them.
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@dee777 (1418)
• South Africa
1 Jan 13
Thanx intelinsedeyou. I will never understand why they did this. They have not responded on 2 sms's I have send them.
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@djbtol (5501)
• United States
31 Dec 12
If you are certain they have no food, then you might call the humane society. Maybe the dogs are just being picky about what they eat. The other option is to throw some food over the fence and then kindly ask the neighbors to reimburse the expense. No use getting in a fight with the neighbors - that will not solve anything.
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@dee777 (1418)
• South Africa
1 Jan 13
They really had no food - I have checked. Their water buckets were empty the next morning and my son had to attend to it. I do not want to fight with the neighbor, just have a serious talk with them and tell them that I will report them if it ever happens again.
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@WakeUpKitty (8711)
• Netherlands
31 Dec 12
I have had neighbours like that. They had a lot of agressive dogs, attacking each other as well. Started with each new dog into the house, it ended up in the garden as soon as the next dog came. The whole garden/area was terribly smelling after dogshit. One summer they been gone for weeks. At midnight someone came over to throw some dogfood (at least I assume it was dogfood) over the wall. Fighting dogs each night (or every other night). I did not complain at that moment since I found it hard to do so. Later on I left messages but no reply. At a certain point they were suddenly left, so were the dogs. I think someone did complain because she was once at my door asking me if I called (police or animal rescue or so). I said I did not since I would first try to talk to them or leave a message if something is bothering me. I think if you have the phonenumber of your neighbours you somehow are closer as I was with my neighbours. Perhaps something has happend to them? You could try once to call them with an other phone number, if nobody is answering I would let someone come over to have a look at the dogs. Since I think it will be an emergency case, esp. is nobody else is comming over to take care of them.
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@dee777 (1418)
• South Africa
1 Jan 13
This is terrible!People like that should be reported, or better - they should never have pets of their own. When I send the neighbors the message, they choose to ignore it, and that says much about them.
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@lkbooi (16102)
• Malaysia
1 Jan 13
Hi dee777, don't be hesitated to report them if they still ignore you without replying. The situation would be totally different if they reply you instantly and ask you friendly to do them a favor to take care of the dogs. And will pay back you the sum buying dog food. If so certainly you will be more than willing to do so without any complain I believe, for I can see how kind you are to feed the dogs for the past couple days voluntary Happy New Year
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@Hatley (154683)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Jan 13
hi dee they are really breaking the law so find your local society for Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals and tell them about your neighbors and they should send someone to investigate. Then they will try to find the owners and probably fine them or worse. ' That is appalling that they left those dogs without someone to come and feed them and water them daily til they return.,
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@Hatley (154683)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Jan 13
there is an spca society in s outh africa so do look it up and report then if they do not return soon as that is against the loaw at least where I come from in the US/
@dee777 (1418)
• South Africa
1 Jan 13
I am sitting with the spca's number and will phone them if the neighbors do not show up very soon. They better have a good explanation.... I am ready to give them some good 'teachings' on 'How to care for your pet when you go on holiday.' Thanx Hatley.
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@sugartoes (32328)
• Greencastle, Indiana
13 Dec 15
@dee777 if it was ME I would have found them good homes & not said a word to the owners that's what I had to do to a neighbor here she was gone all the time for days after days & she left her dog tied to a tree with no food or water & I called the shelters here & they wouldn't do anything so I DID ! ! ! I found her gone one weekend & I found that baby a good home
@ZoeJoy (1395)
• United States
31 Dec 12
If you warned your neighbor and they don't respond, then the only left to do is to report them. I would see if the animal shelter can pick up the dogs. Your neighbor's dogs are not your responsibility. This is not a difficult situation, just call the authorities. You told your neighbor that you would report them, now all you need to do is follow through with your report. What else is there to do?
@dee777 (1418)
• South Africa
1 Jan 13
I will give them more food when my son return with the dog food he went to buy. if nothings happens on new Year, I will have no option but to report this neighbor.
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@kingparker (9698)
• United States
31 Dec 12
There is nothing you can do if they don't come back. Maybe you could tell them if you can take care of their dogs until they come back, and they should pay you some compensation for your time and money, see if they willing to do so. I am sorry that you have to involve in such situation. They should consider such issue before they gone on a trip to somewhere.
@dee777 (1418)
• South Africa
1 Jan 13
I will have a serious talk to this family when they return. A person cannot just go away and pretend they have no responsibilities at home.
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@FrugalMommy (1450)
• United States
31 Dec 12
Do you know if your neighbors were planning to be gone for so long? It's so strange that they wouldn't make arrangements for someone to come give their dogs food and water. Maybe they did and the person who's supposed to be caring for them isn't. I would be worried if they didn't respond to my texts. I hope nothing happened to them while they were traveling. I don't know if they are normally responsible owners, but I don't think anybody who really cares about their pets would be able to let them go hungry like that. Is there some way you could contact the authorities and have them do a welfare check or something like that?
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@dee777 (1418)
• South Africa
1 Jan 13
You know, they just took off without a word. I cannot understand why people have animals if they do not want to take care of them. It makes me sad and very angry.
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@shaggin (24134)
• United States
31 Dec 12
Wow they sound like really irrisponsible pet owners to go away like that and leave their pets without food and water and someone to look after them. Anytime my parents or I have gone away we make sure the other one looks after each others animals and usually if my parents go away they are only gone for a night or two. They make sure to leave me lots of food to feed them and for me to check their water etc.
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@dee777 (1418)
• South Africa
1 Jan 13
Especially this time of the year it looks as if people just care about themselves. The animals cannot talk for themselves and need us to feed and love them.
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@allknowing (54652)
• India
31 Dec 12
If they don't turn up please do report. It is nice of you to feed the dogs. You will be blessed.
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@dee777 (1418)
• South Africa
31 Dec 12
allknowing, I am so angry - I cannot tell it to you in words! Why would people have two dogs and then just leave them like that to die? When I talk to them I will tell them that I will report it if it ever happens again.
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• St. Peters, Missouri
1 Jan 13
You have been helping already a week? And you have sent 2 text messages? And warned that you would turn them in? And no response? If you are feeling kind, I would send one more text message saying you will report them tomorrow by noon unless you hear from them as to the date they will return. That is absolutely ridiculous. Unacceptable. Sounds to me like they know you're kind and responsible and they're counting on you, or some other neighbor, to take care of their animals while they're gone. And they're so sure of the neighbors that they're confident nobody will turn them in. They are uncaring. About their dogs. About the neighbors. If one of the dogs bites someone because it's out of the yard and hungry - that's what dogs do - it's the dog that pays the ultimate price. The dog will be put down. Please report them as soon as possible. You may save the lives of the dogs by doing so as well as the health of your neighbors.
@dee777 (1418)
• South Africa
1 Jan 13
My last text message said that the cut-off time for them to response was 12h on 1 Jan 2013 before I would report them. It's going to be interesting to hear what they would have to say for themselves. I am kind towards the pets, and will have a serious talk with the neighbor, dont you worry!
• St. Peters, Missouri
1 Jan 13
I'm glad you already did. Those poor animals must have really suffered tonight with the loud celebrations. It makes me so, so, SO angry when people are so inconsiderate and evil. It takes a special person - and not a good special - to treat animals like this. It's heartless. I'm glad you're willing to take care of this situation. They're very lucky dogs to have you around.
@dee777 (1418)
• South Africa
1 Jan 13
Thanx my friend. As soon as I have news about this neighbors, I will put another post on myLot to inform you all what happened to the dogs!!!
@kokomo (1868)
• Philippines
6 Jan 13
Your neighbor has a responsibility to talk with you to look for their dog just for a week but they did not do it. Yeah, you have the right to get mad about it. If the dog food is quite expensive then it will be a burden for you of course. I felt pity with the dog.
@dee777 (1418)
• South Africa
6 Jan 13
Thank you kokomo. They overlook their responsibility conveniently. My entire family was worried and concerned for the dogs. we could unfortunately only feed them once a day. When the neighbors arrived, we had a very good chat and I am sure that this will not happen again.
@vicky30 (4779)
• India
5 Jan 13
If the neighbors were going out, they could have informed someone to take care of their dogs or they could have asked the neighbors around to take care of their dogs. This is called cruelty to animals. Sometimes i too see pet dogs which are just walking on the roads without any owner. I feel very sad for them. If people bring up pets, they should keep them as their friends till their life span ends and not because the pets are small, they are looking cute and when the pets become big they abandon them.
@dee777 (1418)
• South Africa
5 Jan 13
Thank you vicky30. That is exactly why I was so angry. it is not accepted that people can get themselves 'life-stock', so to say, and then wonder off... It is like putting a baby in a cot all alone and go shopping... I am so glad it is now all behind me.
@Octav1 (1421)
• Romania
3 Jan 13
It was a nice gesture of your sun that he fed the poor dogs and gave them water. Didn't their owners at least let them a sufficient water supply? How could they be so cruel? What would they have thinking about? The dogs had to live with air? I would have called the local animal police if I were you.
@dee777 (1418)
• South Africa
3 Jan 13
Thanx Octav1. I have send them 2 text messages and put down a deadline. I told them that I would report them and phone the spca. They came back just in time and apologized. I still do not understand why they acted the way they did. But they know where they stand with us in terms of their pets and I trust this will never happen again.
@trisha27 (3505)
• United States
2 Jan 13
Wow that is so sad that these people have left their dogs that long without food. What where they thinking to even leave them alone that long. Thanks to you they were able to eat and you gave them your dogs food. I would have reported them already after they didn't respond to your text. So sad for those dogs. If they return, I'd be talking to them as well and informing them that they owe me some money for feeding their dogs while they were away. That is so irresponsible though, they could have at least have someone come along to feed their dogs for them while they were away. Or just not have left them alone that long. Poor dogs I hope either they return soon or someone comes by and takes those people's dogs away.
@dee777 (1418)
• South Africa
2 Jan 13
trisha27, I was fuming of anger at them. Did you read the other discussion I put on myLot as follow-up on this one? Well, they came home just before the deadline I have given them in the text. I was so ready to call in the police and spca.