I am really just sick over the whole situation. The majority of my co-workers think I'm nuts, so many people respond with "it's only a dog", that I'm just amazed. I can't for the life of me understand the indifference of, it's only a dog.
My dogs are just a step below my kids. I would do everything in my power to protect them. They need that and they deserve that! They have no voice of their own! I'm a firm believer that they have feelings and emotions similar to ours, and they deserve to be treated as we would hope to be treated.
The attitude of the owner was just shocking to me. Why would they even want to have an animal around them if they had such obvious disdain for it?! I'm sure at one point, they thought it was cute and cuddly, but her tone of voice, on the phone last night, showed no warmth or feeling for this dog at all. She wanted what she had paid for him and good riddance!
I had their phone number from the posters and was able to get an address with that. The town they are in is pretty small, so finding them is no problem. Now the problem is how far do I want to take this? I definitely want to help this dog but would prefer to not end up with a possible police record because of it!
The deputy I spoke to today said that although they may not be the best pet owners, the Sheriffs Office normally doesn't get involved unless an animal is being severely abused and/or is almost dead. Once again, I just don't understand the indifference. Why not step in before it might get to that point?
The co-worker who found the dog really doesn't want to get any more involved. They really scared the heck out of her last night. She feels bad for the dog and was trying to do the right thing, but she is now out of it. She did give me the pictures she had taken of the dog. They clearly showed the sores around his mouth and the calluses on his butt. The difference on the pictures from when she found him up until yesterday afternoon were amazing. He went from a filthy mess, who's head was down in all the pictures from the first two days, to a very clean and happy animal. Yesterdays pictures all showed him with his head up, playing with her cat and running around the house. I swear he was actually smiling. What a difference 5 days made! And now he's back with the people that let him get in that condition in the first place. Disgusting!
I emailed the pictures to two different humane societies and two different animal controls, all within a 65 mile radius of the town they live in. Hopefully someone will do something.
If not I suppose I might be making a little road trip this weekend. I at least want to see what kind of conditions he is living in. Hopefully after my threatening to turn them in, it makes them think twice about him, but for some reason I doubt it. And I swear if I see him chained to a tree, we are going to make a break for it, in broad daylight!