Dogs are not lawn ornaments!

@blueskies (1186)
United States
January 30, 2007 6:15pm CST
The man that lives next door to us has a beautiful husky that he keeps outside 24/7 in a 6x6 kennel. This poor dog is never walked, never played with. My neighbor only lets him out once every few weeks on a short chain so he can clean out the kennel. I've been sitting here listening to that poor dog howl about 16 hrs a day since we moved here in the spring. We've asked him about the dog.....he feels that the dog "has it good, just look at the nice kennel I bought him". He told us his brother asked if he could have the dog because he didn't like it being penned up all the time and he said no. Legally, he's fine. The dog is fed, watered and has shelter. In my state, that's all that's required. So, while this has really been bothering me, I tried to let it go somewhat, as there was nothing I could do about it. Well, today, I looked out my front window and there was my neighbor with a new puppy! I'm not sure of the breed, but it looks like a lab or pitbull mix. I'm furious. He already has one dog as a lawn ornament, but instead of taking care of that dog, he goes and gets a puppy. How much do you want to be that this time next year, there will be two lawn ornaments in his backyard.
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98 responses
• United States
31 Jan 07
I deal with people like this on a daily basis. I drive by, I check the dogs, check the shelter they have, and I try to talk to the owners about their animals. I can tell you from experience, this mentality is very hard to change. What I would like you to do is to document the noise that you hear coming from the cage. Since it sounds like you are a caring person, there are a few easy measures you can take, that will assist in being able to possibly get this Sibe surrendered to Animal Control or potentially be seized by them. Here is where the problem lies. Consistant calls to animal control without the animal being taken have often resulted in far worse care from these owners. That same guy who gets hit in his wallet for breaking noise ordinance laws may not be so kind to this dog the next time he howls to get out of that cage. So we treat all of these cases very carefully. The next thing that I urge you to do is to get as friendly as possible with the owner. Take over some old blankets, a bone, dog toy etc. Tell him that you noticed that the dog is very lonely, and it's very cold so you wanted to make sure that HIS dog has clean bedding, toys etc. Tell him you love dogs and are VERY interested in learning about Siberian Huskies and if you can visit the dog from time to time. By gaining this persons trust, you can get a better view of what is transpiring with this animal. The next step after you have gotten close enough to assess the situation and document the neglect of not just the Sibe, but now a new pup, go to www.petfinder.com Find the closest Siberian Husky Rescue Organization and ask them to assist in trying to educate this owner about how to properly care for this dog. The can send out volunteers to speak with the owner and work with Animal Control if they feel the owner is uncooperative. Thank you for not being "one of those people", who shut their eyes to the abuse and neglect of animals. I wish there were more people like you.
@blueskies (1186)
• United States
31 Jan 07
Thank you. I'll try talking to him some more. Now that he has the new puppy, I can use that as an icebreaker to bring up the husky without seeming too nosey. I wish we could offer to take the dog, but he told us that the dog goes after cats (and we have 4 of them).
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• United States
31 Jan 07
Can you call Animal Control? That really is abuse and it should be reported. Poor dog.
• United States
31 Jan 07
We have a neighbor like this too! She has a black lab outside and two dogs inside. They never pay any attention to the lab. I have never understood why people want pets if they aren't going to take care of them. To me affection, walks and a little fun is part of that care.
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• India
31 Jan 07
Same as u
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• United States
31 Jan 07
That's a sad story and a horrible way to treat a dog. I would definitely call animal services. My dogs spend a lot of time outside, but so my children. We have a huge fenced yard and they are free to run around and play. I couldn't imagine them being all penned up and no one to play with. My 2 yr old is forever trying to ride them.
@Shababy (140)
• United States
31 Jan 07
I really hate that. I have one of those bumper stickers that reads friends don't chain friends bring dogs inside. I hate that. I always want to leave one with people who do this to their dogs. That is so awful. Some people treat dogs as if they have no feelings. They say it is just a dog. I don't know how people can be that way. we have 3 and they all live in the house and are pampered sleep in the bed and really rule the house. They are the boss around here. My grandmother and father were known in our family for rescuing animals like this. It is rumored that they many times would let the animals out while the owner was away and find it a new home. Yes in a way that is wrong but i don't think near as wrong as torturing a dog . just because it is a different species doesn't mean it doesn't have feeling just like us. I wish animals had more rights.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
31 Jan 07
It is a shame when a pack animal is left to its own devices in that manner. What a wonderful companion that husky would make. At least he has a pen and not on a short chain like so many do. Would not recommend it however some would call for an intervention like PETA would. Could maybe make nice with the neighbor and perhaps that could lead to the improvement of husky dogs life! Good luck and am hoping our Creator takes a hand in the deliverance of this creature.
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• Canada
31 Jan 07
That is so sad , I agree with you he should atleast bring the dog in and socialize with the poor animal . Does he even have a name ? Maybe you should ask him to walk the dog , if he can`t why not offer to yourself or atleast ask if he would mind if you played with the dog . The poor animal is dying for attention and needs some companionship . Good luck
@blueskies (1186)
• United States
31 Jan 07
Unfortunately, I'm not physically able to walk the dog at this time. I can't ask my husband, either, as he isn't home much. There's no reason why the neighbor couldn't let the dog out into his backyard, at least. It's fenced on two sides and has a tall hedge on the third. I think I'll suggest that he let the husky out to play with the puppy. Maybe he'll warm up to the dog if he sees they are buddies.
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• Canada
31 Jan 07
Sorry I wasn`t done I don`t understand why this guy got another puppy when he obviously doesn`t have time for him . You should ask him if he got the puppy so the dog can play with him even just for exercise . It is terrible that the poor animal is stuck in a cage while he watches the puppy being played with. I would ask to take him yourself if he is that lazy to be his friend maybe you could be.
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@AskAlly (3627)
• Canada
31 Jan 07
People like that just stick in my craw. That poor dog is serving a life sentence behind bars. And no crimes committed. Since he is meeting guide lines would it be possible for anyone that is friendly with this guy to ask if they could walk it? It could be on the premise that whoever wants to walk to loose weight, but is afraid to do so alone and the dog would make them feel more protected? I may be grabbing at straws but quite often, brainstorming for ideas can come up with solution.
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@blueskies (1186)
• United States
31 Jan 07
Brainstorming is wonderful. That's why I posted this here, to get ideas on what to do (well, and to vent my frustrations).
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
31 Jan 07
Are you sure there is nothing you can do as this would be against Law here as Large Dogs do need their Exercises so if I where you I would look into it deeper he is still being cruel to the Animal
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• United States
31 Jan 07
Same here in Georgia. That's why I put a rescue website on my response.
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• United States
31 Jan 07
In my city, a constantly howling or barking dog can be reported to the city as a noise violation. It may be a "back" way for the SPCA to intervene by making him take the dog inside at night, at least. We had a similar problem with people across the street who chained their dog outside all the time (and they had already had 2 dogs taken away because it kept getting out and running the streets). The poor thing barked enough that the neighbors were able to complain and the city got them to give up the dog. Good Luck.
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@blueskies (1186)
• United States
31 Jan 07
We do live in a small city. I will have to call animal control tomorrow and ask them if they can do anything about the howling. We're on pleasant terms with the neighbor, he's not a bad guy, he just sees nothing wrong with the way he's treating the dog. My bet is that the dog hasn't had his shots, either. Hmmmm....more to think about.
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31 Jan 07
I hope that an animal shelter will come and rescue them, the poor poor things.
@cwilson26 (2736)
• United States
31 Jan 07
I am so sick and tired of people treating animals this way. This makes me literally sick to my stomach. These animals are defenseless and should be treated better than this. My animals are like my kids and although I have to have them chained up right now I should have the money by spring to fence in our yard and let them run free. Me and my husband were running errands this morning and on our way home as we were driving down our own road we pass up a house with a rabbit cage in it and guess what was inside? Two dogs! Not a small rabbit cage but it was one of those longer ones where only a rabbit can get around comfortably. Two dogs were in this and they weren't big dogs but not small as a rabbit either. I was so mad I was thinking of calling the humane society on them. I wanted to get out of the car and let the dogs loose and take them home with me. But that's not possible when I already have 4 dogs and my husband doesn't want anymore. Why do people do this? Dogs need exercise and room to run around and play. Oh I get so mad about this I want to cry. Sorry for rambling but I can't help myself when it comes to things like this. I wish I could take all of the abused and stray animals and keep them or find good homes for them myself! :)
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• United States
31 Jan 07
I would be very upset if I had to watch that. Even though he is legally not mistreating the animal, I feel is is. Every animal needs attention and play time and exercise. In my opinion, anyone who just locks their dog up in a kennel does not really love their dog. How would he like it if someone locked him up in a room where he couldn't be with anyone and never leave it?
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@weemam (13377)
31 Jan 07
That is just so digusting , why have a pet and be cruel to it xxx
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@BobaFett (72)
• Sweden
31 Jan 07
It is pretty lame when people use animals as toys i find it kind of disgusting. Animals should be treated with as much respect as humans themselves. But on another point i think some owners spoil their pets and goes too far with their pets. They give clothes and stuff and generally treat their pet like their something more then they are. It is a hard balance but people should remember to treat animals kindly with lots of love but there is no need to buy them clothes unless they need it.
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• United States
31 Jan 07
People get animals and don't realize they require work and then they don't want them. The poor thing :( He needs to get out and get some exercise.
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@laneita (78)
• United States
31 Jan 07
if you ask me people like that dont need animals at all. why do you want an animal an keep it locked up all day long. a dog needs to be walked an played with.the dog has to get to know you the owner of it. i hate to say it but if what you say is true. one day that dog will get tired an it will turn on him. the dog doesnt wanna be locked up all day long. they want to be free sometimes. i feel sorry for that dog. only if there was something you could do to help the dog. good luck with the outcome of this problem. an good luck to the poor dog locked up all day outside.
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@zuri25 (2127)
• United States
31 Jan 07
Grrr....sh*t like this makes me so angry. People like him don't think animals have needs other than food, water, and a clean shelter. Some people don't even give pets that much. The only partially good thing I can see coming out of this new puppy being around is that the husky might get a little interaction once in a while. It really stinks that you can't do anything to help the poor dogs legally and that your attempts to change the situation were futile.
• United States
31 Jan 07
It's abuse in a different way. Animals need attention. If they were still living in the wild, they wouldn't be alone. When we take in a pet, we become their pack. This is so cruel. I'm happy he feeds and waters him, but he needs to nuture his emotions too. The dog has to be very sad, mostly likely barks all the time too! That's what lonely outdoor dogs do.
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@nannacroc (4049)
31 Jan 07
We have a neighbour like that, they own a rottweiller and it is never taken out and lives in a small front garden. It's time peole were made to take a test of some description before being allowed to keep dogs.
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@classy56 (2883)
• United States
31 Jan 07
my daughter has 2 huskies an 1 of them is still a pup an knowing what i know about her dogs they need room to run an play to keep healthy.maybe you need to sudgest to him to build a fence around his yard an get rid of the kennel,im not sure animal control can do anything since he feeding them but maybe they can do something about the howling.. i would call them an see.