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What Should I do About My Neighbor's Mistreated Puppy?

What Should I do About My Neighbor's Mistreated Puppy?

Dear Sugar--

I'm having a problem with my neighbors. They just got a puppy, and from what I see (and hear) they aren't taking very good care of it. For the past 2 weeks, I can hear it every morning at 4 or 5 in the morning, whining and crying because they just leave the poor thing tied up outside. Then when the man comes out, he yells and curses at the dog to "Shut the F** up!"

Not only is it annoying to be woken up every morning by the puppy's loud crying, but I get so angry while I'm in bed and want to run over there and save that poor dog.

I went to the police already, and they said "There's no law that says you have to bring your dog inside. If you have a noise complaint, call us when it's happening so an officer can go over and see for himself."

I was outraged. This poor puppy isn't getting the love and attention it needs. Some people just don't deserve to have pets. What can I do?

--I Can't Take it Anymore Anna

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Dear I Can't Take it Anymore Anna--

Your situation sounds awful. This makes me so mad - some people just don't deserve to have pets. Have you tried talking to your neighbors? If you are apprehensive about doing that (I would be), you could also leave a letter on their door telling them what you've seen and heard. Let them know you have contacted the police and if it continues, they're going to lose their dog (which sounds like it would probably be a good thing).

If you know in your heart that this dog is being mistreated, you must do everything you can to help the police understand the situation. Document every instance, call them when the dog is barking, and hopefully you will get through to a compassionate officer who is willing to help this poor animal. Research your neighborhood Animal Control Group and contact them ASAP. They deal with abused or neglected pets all the time, and could rescue the poor puppy from that unhealthy environment.

I completely sympathize with you; there is nothing worse than standing by and watching people mistreat animals that can't help themselves, so I hope this helps Anna.


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marthalilian126 marthalilian126 10 years
Depending upon where you are, it IS illegal to keep a dog outside if the dog does not have access to adequate shelter that will shield it from rain, snow, heat and cold weather -- not to mention natural predators. As awful as it is, we had a problem in my home town with coyotes attacking and eating small dogs that were left outside to fend for themselves! Call a rescue group or no kill shelter and see if they can suggest anything or act as an advocate for the puppy. In most areas dogs have to be licensed and require certain vaccines and if this puppy isn't getting the care it needs, that would be reason for the owners to have to relinquish their pet. Just try to make sure that if you're going to force these people to give up their dog that the dog is going to a better home...not a worse one.
Lill-McGill Lill-McGill 10 years
Aww this makes me so mad! That poor wee pup is probably so bored and lonely. Defiitely call around some local animal help groups as they would have dealt with similar situations... good luck!!
kittycat kittycat 10 years
can u kidnap the dog and rescue it by giving it to someone u know? but then ur neighbour would just get another dog. i say we should be required to get licenses to ensure animal safety. its like people should need a license to have children.
Beaner Beaner 10 years
I agree with DEAR! Keep calling - do everything you can. No - it's not a crime to leave a dog outside - but it IS a crime to neglect a dog (which is what's happpening here). If I were you - I'd rescue that cute little pooch myself!
chutzpah chutzpah 10 years
I find this story abhorant. No one should have a pet if they don't want to give it the same unconditional love that pets give back. My sister has the same problem with her next door neighbors. She has called people in her area but decided to leave it alone since they have sold their home and are moving. At one point she highly considered stealing the dog. The poor animal is left alone all day and most of the evening and whimpers and cries the entire sad that anyone can buy an animal and treat them so badly. Hopefully they will never have children.
honey31 honey31 10 years
Call animal control and hopefully they will take the dog away I honestly dont know what else to suggest.Good luck!
JustMe21 JustMe21 10 years
Sadly, I don't think there is much you can do. I know a lady who calls the Humane Society and they go out and look at the dogs in her area but the thing is, they didn't have food and water and the basic nacessities. I'm not sure if your neighbors dog does or not but it's something to look into. It's sad when people buy pets but don't take care of them.
onesong onesong 10 years
if by chance you are in connecticut, which is doubtful, call the police, then the humane society and then call me. i'd take him or her in an instant.
vanyvrgs vanyvrgs 10 years
I agree with junebrug in part and I spend most of my free time as an animal rights activist. Leaving a puppy outside is not a crime. The owners are probably trying to get him accustomed to it since it is where it will sleep. My dogs are inside but in the first few weeks they cried at night as well when they started to be crate trained. Trainers state it is an error to give in to the dog and take him or her to your bed/bedroom. I think mostly you are pissed about the noise...I guess you can make trouble for your neighbor and get them to lose their dog. (btw, the ASPCA although great is not a no kill shelter) Are you there during the day to see how the dog is actually treated or do you just see the husband upset in the morning when the dog also wakes him up? Sorry to disagree here but keeping a dog outside and it crying is not mistreatment. It is what the cops told you -- a noise complaint. Btw, I am not saying swearing at the dog is right, in fact it is very wrong, but perhaps you can approach the wife and tell her that in the morning you have seen her husband mad at the dog and that you think is innapropriate. Other than that, they have every right to keep the dog outside to get him accustomed/ trained as they see fit and the separation anxiety is natural.
jmmst49 jmmst49 10 years
the puppy in the picture looks exactly like my little Audrey!!!
simplybe1 simplybe1 10 years
oh to add to my thoughts, i would check to make sure animal control/shelter in your area advocates adoptions and not euthanization. although, if it's a puppy, chances are that they would have no problem finding someone to take him.
simplybe1 simplybe1 10 years
we've had a lot of problems with my neighbor upstairs regarding pets also. what complicates the matter is that she's our landlord's mother and she's got serious mental problems (incidents involving her are too numerous to list)making her very difficult to approach. she feeds/collects stray cats, and at any given time, we'll have 6 strays on the porch alone. this gives us HORRIBLE flea problems during summer. but worse than that, she keeps some of them locked in the basement. they sit below my bedroom (on the 1st floor) and meow incessantly. when we tried to tell her not to keep them down there, she FLIPPED. she told us that they were here first, she could keep them wherever she wants, etc. at first, we would just put them outside, but that resulted in "world war martha". finally, we went online and filed an anonymous complaint with animal control detailing the problems. they came by the next day (she wouldn't answer the door)and left a notice to her. it scared her enough to behave. so that's my suggestion: file a(n anonymous) complaint with animal control. they have to check out all complaints, and i'm sure if they deem the dog neglected, then they'll take it away and file charges.
JessNess JessNess 10 years
In California it is illegal to keep an animal tied to a stationary object for more than three hours
red4ev red4ev 10 years
i totally agree with dear, but you should definetly talk to them or send them a letter before you contact the police or the aspca...we (my fam) keep our dogs outside because they are NOT inside dogs. they are English Pointers (too cute for words, look them up) and they are trained to mother will not have them in our house because they reak havoc on the floors, they are huge and they are farm dogs. they need to run constantly...when we were selling our house we'd have women scold us for not letting our dogs inside and my mom got so mad that she'd make me explain that we love our dogs take very good care of them, they had a heated garage, heated beds, plenty of food and water and we were outside with them everyday. I hated that people automatically assumed that we were abusing and neglecting our dogs. I hope that you ask them their reason for keeping the dog outside before you take drastic action
My-Opinion My-Opinion 10 years
Perfect advice DearSugar!!! You could go buy a paintball gun and when that effer comes out of his door yelling at the poor defenceless puppy pop him in the mouth when it's good and wide open...ahum...oh fine okay, your best bet is what DS said!
SWEET-C9363 SWEET-C9363 10 years
call a no kill shelter and they will steal it from them in the middle of the nite. thats would i would do anyway..
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 10 years
I agree with the comment above, you need to talk to the owners first. Maybe you can suggest a friend to doggie sit for them while they are gone for the day. If they start to give you grief, then you need to take action. Do you know what type of dog it is? You can look on the internet and see if there is a rescue group in your area for that type of dog. Those people will go in and rescue the dog and ensure it is placed in a safe home and not killed in 7 days. (You ever know if an animal will make it in the animal shelter.) Try to stay away from the humane society - just in case. Different shelters have different policies. Don't try to rescue it yourself, as much as your heart wants to. You will be breaking the law.
Megg21 Megg21 10 years
I agree with the comments posted about about contacting your ASPCA. Not all dogs are killed in a humane society shelter. Many go on to lead happy fulfilling lives. But i do agree with the thought of asking them to keep the dog inside due to noise issues. Though maybe it's better outside where they can't hurt it.
junebrug junebrug 10 years
This sickens me, but there is no good solution. I'd have to disagree with Dear. It's not a crime to leave a dog outside, it's not a crime to curse the dog, and it's not even a crime to mistreat it to some degree. If you get the dog taken away, it's just going to the pound to be killed anyway. Repeatedly calling the police or leaving notes on your neighbor's porch is just going to make an enemy of them. I guess I would have a conversation with them that the early morning barking is driving you nuts...and might they consider keeping the dog in, it's just a puppy and would be better inside anyway.... If it continues I might make a remark that they seem unhappy with their decision to adopt the puppy and you would be happy to take it off their hands if that's the case. Then you could keep it or find a good home for it. But this is really a tough one, unfortunately we live on this planet with some very cruel people and sometimes there isn't a whole lot you can do about.
bookgirl bookgirl 10 years
That makes me sick, who could do that to a poor animal. Why have a pet if you're going to ignore it.
kendalheart kendalheart 10 years
I agree with Dear. Do everything you can....
fab4 fab4 10 years
BTW, that picture is too cute
fab4 fab4 10 years
That makes me so mad. Why do people get pets if they are just going to leave them tied up all of the time?
girlwonder76 girlwonder76 10 years
Check out the ASPCA. If you're in NYC you can call them directly at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4450. If you're outside of NYC, they ask that you contact someone at your local humane society Here's the link to their website: Or Peta 757-622-7382 - this is the animal emergency website. I think you're awesome for taking initiative to do something about this... we're no better than animals and they deserve to be treated with love and respect. Your compassion is beautiful.
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