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Old 06-21-2014, 04:26 PM
Location: Des Moines Metro
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It's just wrong.

I'll briefly share one case. The father was an alcoholic who refused to get help and lost his job. The mom had a full-time job and was cut back to part-time. They had two girls under 10 and two dogs and a cat.

They could no longer pay their house mortgage and got behind on the taxes, and then quit taking care of the property, so the city socked them with code violations. One night there was a U-Haul in their driveway, a huge fight between the parents (the police got called) and the next day, they and the truck were gone. They left the dogs in the back yard without food or water and cat roamed free.

I took the cat in, fed it, and locked it up in the laundry room. I left a note on their door where it was. Another neighbor fed and watered the dogs, but left them in the yard.

One dog, the younger one (a older puppy), disappeared. I suspect someone stole it. The older one and cat were left behind. We never heard from the family, again. A friend wanted the cat, and the older dog got adopted by a friend of the neighbor who fed them.

The house stood vacant about two years before a property management company finally came in and started caring for it.

I'm sure there have been similar stories.

It's a shame.
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Old 06-21-2014, 07:22 PM
Location: In the middle...
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Originally Posted by no kudzu View Post
He is so precious. Bless you.
You are very kind, thank you. Saving dogs, four paws at a time...
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Old 06-21-2014, 07:25 PM
Location: Texas
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Never understood it.
In El Paso, the stories were rampant of military leaving their pets chained up in the yard when they had to move, etc.

I mean, Jesus - If you are going to be a scumbag, at least don't go whole hog; take the animal to the shelter.
Not leave them exposed, starving, dehydrated coyote food.
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Old 06-21-2014, 08:27 PM
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Twice when I was a kid my family moved to different houses my parents bought. First time, the previous owner left behind an Irish Setter. 2nd time, a German Shorthaired Pointer. Both purebreds. Guess they figured a half dozen kids would enjoy them, but didn't take into account the parents of those kids (us). We re-homed both dogs, since we already had our own dogs.
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