|Barked: Sat Dec 15, '12 6:45pm PST |
|I am sorry Abner.I hope everything works out.
My family & myself had to deal with a little bit of a similar situation. One of our previous neighbors was a family of 5 kids , who we were a bit close with & I used to be very good friends with one of the girls, and when we first moved in they had no animals but that soon changed. They really do love animals but they don't know how to care for them & they just keep wanting more! They got a lab mix puppy about 10years ago & they started out as good owners but soon he was an untrained mouthy mess. He grew up into a great dog but is very overweight. A few years after Shadow that got 2 kittens, again they started off great with them. But soon the cats just spent a lot of time outside without much attention. They complained all the time how the cats were peeing everywhere (only because their daughter was in charge of the litter boxes, and she did it one every 3 weeks!!!)So then they got another kitten who ended up dying suddenly of reasons I don't know. About a week later they got another one. Pee issues got worse. Oh & then there was Luke. The boxer mix pup we took in & placed with them thinking it would be a good fit (before we knew better). He never got enough attention, training, and stimulation & was a mess of a dog (who I loved dearly) who created a lot of trouble on our street. Poor dog would jump his fence and come in our house & when I had to take him home he would be so upset. Ontop of all this they had countless lizards, snakes & small mammals that they went through. Several ended up starving to death because it was the responsibility of their kids to take care of them & they never did.
About 5 years ago the parents got divorced & the woman left. The man was upset because she was the one who wanted all the animals so he kept the dogs outside basically all the time (which they were not used to!) and refused to let the cats inside. After several months of this the woman moved into a new house & took all the animals (they only had 2 cats at this time, one of the sister cats was hit by a car). However they did not try to transition the cats at all & just let them outdoors right away so their female (Clemy) kept coming back to the old house. Its a miracle she never got hit. The man decided to keep Clemy there, though he never let her back inside even when it was super cold. After about a year he decided to move which left Clemy's future up in the air. My mother always defends him & says that he talked to us about taking her but he never did. He just knew we would. So he left & we took her in. She was the best effing cat ever! Their lost. We sadly lost her over the summer due to cancer.
The entire situation was beyond frustrating & I found myself taking care of their animals more then them. The woman still has the 2 dogs, but last I saw them Shadow was heavily obese and unhealthy & Luke had awful untreated allergies and his behavior was horrid. And their poor cat baby was a matted mess of skin & bones. I pleaded with them to take all 3 to the vets but I don't believe they ever did. Sigh.
Edited by author Sat Dec 15, '12 6:48pm PST
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