I have these neighbors who I find quite odd. They have this beautiful dog, I'm not sure exactly what breed it is.. he's white, kind of looks like a husky or shepard, not sure. But anyway, he's the cutest dog.. he chases butterflies and 'smiles' at everyone that passes by the house.
They have a decent size fenced in yard, yet they tie the dog up on a very short tie out by the house. There's no shade and he has to sit in the sun all day. I've never seen a water bowl out there.
The other day I was at the stop sign near their house, watching them for a minute because I found what they were doing weird. The guy had the dog off the tie out and was teaching him how to jump over the fence. When the dog wouldn't jump he'd try to force him over! What the heck?? Why would you teach your dog to do that?
Today I drove by and I saw them annoying the dog with a stick. They were poking him all over. He just layed there and ignored it, but they were very persistent, like they wanted him to turn around and bite them. Now they have a sign that says beware of dog.
Does it strike anyone else as odd? I just feel bad for the dog. He looks like such a good boy, desevers better I think.
That sounds REALLY weird to me. Why would they teach him to jump over the fence. And I think anyone who leaves their dog tied up 24/7 is cruel. The dog will probably eventually turn mean from being tied up all the time. My neighbor has 2 rottweiler mixes that were both sweet as could be when he got them, but after 2 years of being tied up, screamed at, neglected, and pushed around, they are both mean. I just hope the same thing doesn't happen to your neighbor's dog. What is up with people? Don't get a dog if you don't want to take proper care of it.
Sounds like you should call this in to animal control as a possible neglect case...I know it doesn't sound so much like neglect rather a concerned neighbor case, but I fear they may be trying to create a security system out of this dog and if he doesn't turn into what they want, I fear they may not be nice to him or abuse him or starve him to make him mean.
Personally I would contact my local animal control or SPCA and find out if they can take action against these people for animal cruelty. That poor dog should have water and plenty of it, as well as shade and shelter. If they are abusing him and not giving him the proper care and attention he needs and deserves, something should be done and that dog should go to a bettter home.
That's what I worried about too. I wanted to make sure I wasn't the only one that found it odd before I reported them. I'm going the SPCA tomorrow anyway so I'll have a talk with someone.
Once in a while I won't see him outside, they must bring him in to eat. But most of the time he's out there and you can tell he's got a thick coat. Must be like having a winter jacket on and sitting on the beach... eek.
I think that for those who can't "speak for themselves", or pick up a stick and poke back, it's important that we do what we can to help.
There are alot of people who just don't know how to interact with their dogs well but when you leave him outside, tied to a short lead, and no water that's beyond!
I would contact my local SPCA right away. It may not constitute cruelty but the SPCA may force them to make a better envirnment for the dog outside (like atleast some shade and water!) Also, they'd be on the SPCAs radar that way.
We just had a case on the news of a situation just like that. Gees! I even take water with me when my guy & I go for a longer walk! Good for you for caring enough!
***Edited By: Nikita on 6/24/2005 4:11:45 PM*** Reason: spelling
I agree, call someone and report this. I also agree, sounds like they want a guard dog or perhaps a fighter. I feel very bad for the poor dog, why people would want to do this to any animal is beyond me. Make that call soon before anything happens.
Pexert...you don't train your dog to do shutzhund (sp?) by poking it with sticks and teaching it to jump over your own fence into a neighbours yard or even the street... I don't know how you train your dogs but where I come from, this is seen as animal abuse.
How's this going by the way Riley? Have you contacted anybody yet on regards to this situation? Please keep us posted.
I called the SPCA, I'm not sure what exactly happened but the dog hasn't been chained up in the yard in about a week. They said they were going to talk to them so maybe they knocked some sense into them. But I'm not sure the dog is even there anymore because I NEVER See him. The 'beware of dog' sign is still up though.