I just 'adopted' my neighbor's dogs, apparently...

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Our neighbors have a pit or pit mix in their back yard (keeping in mind that pits are illegal in this town)... the poor thing is thin as a rail, you can see every one of her ribs... that was bad enough... but a little while ago I saw puppy heads poking up out of her dog house. NO. NOT happening in sight of my back window!

Unfortunately, the cops won't do anything unless we complain about them having a pit, which will just get her put to sleep (or, more accurately, shot.) :(

 

I remembered we had a bag of puppy food that our yorkie/pom turned her nose up when we ran out of her Blue Buffalo, so I took her a bowl which she hoovered up almost instantly. Poor thing... skin and bones, shaking she's so weak, but still sweet as can be, tail wagging and nuzzling my hand... the puppies are ADORABLE too, about 6-ish weeks old I'd guess. Standing and moving reasonably steadily but still kept penned in by about a 6-inch lip on the doghouse.

 

 

I guess we will be getting more doggie food tonight when we go get groceries.  She won't be getting blue buffalo, we are too broke for that...  but I figure anything is better than what she is (not) getting now...  -.-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Stories like this happen every day and they make my blood boil. I cant stand the sight of mistreated animals. Its upsetting. Mabybe your neighbor would be interested in rehoming his dog. Pits get such a bad rap, just like our Dobes and they are so unworthy of this reputation. They are what the owner makes of them.

 

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Thank you for caring!  I wish everyone in this world could be more like you, then problems like this would end and the entire world would be better off for it.

Kudo's to you for ... being you!

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That poor doggie....obviously all her nutrients are going to keep her pups fed and healthy.  Thank you for caring.

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Bless you for this.. Poor mama dog. Makes me wonder what possible future she has.

Do you know your neighbors?

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I don't know them well.  They're hardly ever HOME is the problem, both with my knowing them and probably with the mama dog, as well.  Doesn't help that I'm very shy with people I don't know well, and they are very...  overbearing?  Loud, boisterous family.  I am going to try to catch them in the next few days and ask what's going on with her and the pups (for all I know, this might even be a case of them rescuing her, I only saw her for the first time two days ago, no idea if she's been there longer or not, I don't pay much attention to their back yard.  Obviously I don't think that is the case, but I couldn't say for sure.)


My spouse thinks that maybe she was meant to be the childrens' responsibility and the parents aren't bothering to check behind them, but I'm not so certain.  She is getting fed, just clearly not even close to enough. What I think is going on, is they look at the bag...  "x size dog, 1 cup food"... and aren't taking into account that she is ALSO eating for four pups who also each need 1/2 cup or so...

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Is there no pitty/bully rescue in your area?  I'm concerned with the 'intent' of the breeding, what is their reason for needing pittys in a jurisdiction that doesn't allow them?  Will they be future fighting or bait dogs....makes me physically ill to think of it....

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My thoughts exactly, future bait dogs OMG......I would call a rescue and get these guys rescued including the momma, save them all in fell swoop.....right now I think I would call a pit rescue and see what the legalities are before approaching the family....if a rescue can step up that way you won't be harassed for calling them, if you speak up first then they will know you called and it sounds like they might be the type to get angry with you for calling and turning them in.....what area are you in cause I know the villalobos in LA of Pit Bulls and Parolees on TV they might step up if you go to their facebook page or call them, I never hesitate to get media involved so that things actually get handled.....

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So I talked to them a while ago, and she was in fact a miserably malnourished rescue.  Well great.

 

Only problem is, she isn't getting better.  If anything, she's getting worse, though at least they are putting a little effort into the pups.

 

I printed this out and left it in their door today, after literally throwing a temper tantrum with tears and everything in my living room.

 

I have watched patiently hoping that you would properly take care of the dogs you are responsible for.  Instead I have watched what amounts to not only abuse, but outright torture.  Today the mother had gotten tangled so that she could only get her head inside the dog house, the rest of her stuck outside in the freezing rain, sitting hauch-deep in shitty mud.  She is still miserably underfed and malnourished, and as such is unable to deal with the cold well to begin with.  The puppies have reached an age that they are beginning to wander, and will soon be old enough that they will be less likely to ever be able to find a happy forever home.

PLEASE, find happy homes for the puppies, and if you plan on keeping any of them or the mother, properly finish the enclosure with a gate so that you can remove the chain, and get her on a better diet with more than one meal a day. 

This is cruel and inhumane treatment.

 

I don't know what else to do if they don't get their act together.  There is no animal control here.  If I call the police, they will euthanize (ie: shoot) the mother for sure and probably the puppies too.  At best they would give them a little fine and tell them to get rid of the dogs.  (Because pits are illegal here.)

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at this point I would definitely put in an email to the pitbulls and paroles I think it's villa lobos ???? you can find them on Animal Planet and can reach out to them - they have been known to travel to other states to assist in a rescue of pits in this type of situation......take the time to send them an email and she will take phone calls if you can find the phone number call her she will help.......

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What a dreadful situation and now you are knee deep in it and feeling responsible.. I am so so sorry this is going on and that you are so close to the whole thing.

I wish I had some encouraging words.. Perhaps Tal is right.. maybe the Pitbull and Paroles' rescue squad will come to the aid of these poor neglected beings.

It's breaking my heart so I can only imagine what it's doing to you.

Bless you for caring..

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From looking at their site, I don't think they'll be able to help directly, they seem pretty overloaded as it is, but I did go ahead and write to them, to ask for advice or whatnot. 

I am so tempted to go over there and just let her loose..  but I doubt she would leave, because of the pups.

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This is terrible, can you use this as a jumping off point to petitiion the city or county at their meetings to install some sort of animal control law??? go to all their meetings and protest, argue etc. for animal laws that prevent this sort of thing???? sometimes we get these things coming into our lives as a message that there is a greater good that we can do and maybe that's it??? change or get the laws on the books so that others have somewhere to contact when they have this happen to them......write the paper, post on social media, do a you tube video about it, nowadays abuse like this gets attention through social media and that could help to change the laws in your town.....even make a video of yourself talking about how it is so terrible that the town does nothing, think of the many ways you can get the message out about this poor momma dog and puppies and I bet someone will help guide you to the next step.....

my heart goes out to you as this would infuriate me and I would do something that maybe wouldn't be within the law to save this poor dog and pups......but that's me, I would die trying to save an animal and my family knows that......

Good luck and keep us updated......

 

I reread my message and it sounded like I was saying I would die trying to save an animal but you wouldn't that is NOT what I meant I just meant that you have lots of opportunities to use this to make great changes in your town laws and at the same time try to help this poor dog, it sounds so hopeless just hang in there something has got to change, you would not have been shown this dog if things were to remain status quo, there is a reason this dog has touched you so. Listen to your heart and trust it.....but don't just let the dog go that would be worse on her to just be left roaming, if I can help you figure any of this out let me know I am pretty resourceful......

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A while ago I seriously considered trying to figure out how to start up an animal shelter for the county...  I volunteered and worked for YEARS in my teens and early twenties at the one in my home town...  but with any luck, we will be moving within the year, so I wouldn't be able to actually see it through.

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Still gives you plenty of time to get others on board and change the laws or at least get the ball rolling....I hope something can be done for this poor dog I worry so about her all the time, her pics are in the recesses of my mind forever.....keep trying....

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Well, thankfully, that letter seems to have done the trick in this case, at least "enough" that I don't feel like throwing a crying fit anymore!

They took her off the chain on Friday and got her cleaned up, de-ticked, and put a flea & tick collar on her (they don't work so great, but at least it's an effort.)  Possibly more, but that's the visible stuff.  I even saw him take her for a walk yesterday!

She is literally visibly improving every single day.  A week ago she looked little better than a skeleton with muddy fur on it...  today, you can only see her ribs and backbones a little.  On the 1-5 doggy weight chart, she was seriously like >1 for a while there....  now she's about 2-2.5.  And what kills me is she is still so very sweet.  Now that she's off the chain, she spends half her time over in my yard with us...  and if I'm outside, her head is in my lap. 

The puppies, miracle of miracles, are actually plump, happy, and relatively well mannered for puppies.

 

Like I said...  Head>Lap lol

 

 

3 of the 4 puppies

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oh thank goodness, are you feeding her too?? that would help her put on a bit of weight.....and keep an eye out if it takes another turn for the worse - she is loose and could just "run away" you know.......and be free of them.....maybe line up a good home for her just in case she has the opportunity to be free.....

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Yeah, I've been giving her a bit, but she mostly doesn't seem all that hungry anymore, which is a very good thing.  She will usually eat a few bites, then wander off, but I offer it every time she comes over here, a few times a day.

The thing is, I'm sure they mean well.  They just seem to have no clue how to properly care for their pets.  When we first got Nyxie, they had a little shihtsu, who got parvo and ended up half dead before they got around to taking her to a vet even though I smelled it and told them to get her to a vet asap, and by the time they got around to it, it was much too late.  They had a cat who got attacked by a dog, and decided to 'watch and see how he did' instead of taking him to a vet...  as one might well expect, he got "better" for a week or so and then just disappeared.  And so on.  :-/

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Sounds terribly frustrating and infuriating, I know some people just feel they are animals and don't need our help on such a level as we see......maybe you can visit a bit with them and talk about your dogs and how you do with them in just passing conversation and then inquire about "have you taken your dog to the vet..." for this or that so that they begin to understand that it is important and you set a good example for them??? little by little you might be able to get through to them....

Thank you for taking on such an insurmountable issue and hanging in there, but those faces in your pics they show you how much they appreciate it.....keep us posted on your progress.....I am having this same thing up one street a neighbor knowing I work in rescue just called this morning to find out about a dog that only she can see out her kitchen window that is chained all the time with no human interaction, now that I know I will be on it with her.....so it is everywhere and seems to be increasing actually.......