|Barked: Fri Feb 15, '13 11:42am PST |
|I'm gonna have to agree with others. I got Maya from a situation almost similar. Only difference was the dogs were fed separately. But they were also kenneled all the time if they weren't outside, were on the most cheapest food possible out there, and Maya was quite abused and neglected. Why? More from ignorance than anything else. I ended up asking them if I could take her home with me. But I put it in such words that it wasn't accusing them of not looking after her properly. "She and Charlie are really attached, and I'd love to take her home with me and take care of her. You'd see her all the time, since you're family." etc.
I got her on better food - she was originally ten-twenty lbs underweight, but got most of it back by the end. The better food had better quality meat, and I added glucosamine to her diet, and soon she was like a puppy again. I also stopped kenneling her as frequently as they did(in fact, I RARELY kenneled her as she was extremely well behaved to begin with). Her arthritis slowly improved, as did her attitude.
Sometimes, it really is just a matter of taking things into your own hands in whatever ways are possible. Sometimes, you have to do the thing you don't want to do and file a report with Bylaw. It all comes down to what you are able to afford to do for this dog in terms of time, and finances.
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