|Barked: Sat Dec 15, '12 7:27am PST |
|My boyfriend and I moved into an apartment about 2 months ago.
We are ground floor, but don't have direct access outside, we have to go through the building.
Our landlord graciously accepted the dogs here. The only request he made was that we use the side door when taking the dogs out opposed to the front.
This side door takes us to a parking lot that is owned by another building and leads to a patch of grass, and a large park beyond that on the other side of the fence.
This was great in the beginning. Lots of space for the dogs to play, and an area where they could get some off-leash time.
The thing is, someone is leaving food for stray cats/wildlife. But they're not just leaving it in a dish or one area, it's spread across the entire parking lot and the grassed area.
I've seen everything from mushrooms, shrimp, hot dogs, peanuts, and worst of all, cooked beef bones.
I do my best to keep the dogs from accessing these foods, but Rigby is a scavenger. It's a habit I haven't been able to break her of from her days of being stray.
We suspect that it may be my landlords wife, or her friend. As they are always sitting out in the garage that faces this parking lot, and feeding stray cats. They have even set up a trailer for the cats to live in for the winter. But we have not seen them actually do it.
I met the woman who puts out the peanuts, but she assured me she only put out peanuts. Which doesn't bother me, as Rig doesn't touch them.
I spent the past few nights taking Rigby out every 2 hours as she ate a 3 inch long bone (passed it thankfully), and got diarrhea as a result. She is fine now, but it was a scare.
I've contacted the local Animal Services, and have gotten no response.
I also contacted the property management and they said they would "look into it immediately." I provided them with photos but the food still shows up nearly every night.
I'm at a loss of what to do, short of carrying Rigby (and risk getting peed on because of her weak bladder) across this area.
I don't want to cause issues with the landlord, and I'm sure that's exactly what will happen if I say anything.
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