|Barked: Thu Oct 27, '05 7:10pm PST |
|Hi. So here's the deal. My sister met this girl through a friend at an apartment gathering at school. Now this girl was going on and on about how her roommate, who doesn't even ATTEND school here, she just enjoys the nightlife I guess, has this purebred American Bulldog that she is not taking proper care of. She said that the dog is stuck in a crate all the time hunched over because he can barely fit in it at all. He is very sad and frightened. So my sister, who works with animal rescue at home, demanded to see this dog. So she went to this apartment, and sure enough there is a 100+ lb Bulldog hunched over in a crate IN THE CLOSET IN THE DARK! She took the dog out, he's young and NOT trained poor thing, and examined him for sores etc. The dog was NOT emaciated or in poor health as far as she could see. The crate is not dirty, but he does not fit in there at ALL. He has NOT been beaten or anything like that, as far as she knows. This girl allowed her to take him out for a walk-and he is uncontrollable on a leash, he is just so excited to be out, and nobody pays attention to him but the roommate that does not own him. Now this is all the roommate's side of the story, the owner was not present. She was planning on going back to check up on this dog, and speak with the roommate about the animal's care. Since then she has lost contact with this person, but she knows the location of the apartment and could direct a humane officer to this location if she went along.
Now, she knows that abuse is difficult to prove, and she didn't have a camera with her at the time. So my question is, should she call a humane officer, or should she try and find the owner of this animal and speak to her directly first? Remember, she never met this owner, as the owner was out underage drinking. Grrrr....
Would this be considered abuse? Would they even do anything about it??? Please give her some advice here, she's really worried about this doggie.
P.S. I personally feel that people should NOT be allowed to own a dog if they are under the age of 21! These poor animals suffer because their "owners" have no idea what responsibility is. I know that there are exceptions, but overall most people this age are not responsible enough to be a caretaker for another living thing. Get financially stable and GROW UP before taking on a responsibility such as this!
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