This is a very sad blog to write. I am going to show the pictures because I don’t shy away from showing you the reality out there. I put them all at the end in case you just don’t want to see them.
Chain of Hope received a call over the weekend from a man that said there was a Boxer that looked “like he had something eating him from the inside out”. We weren’t sure what that meant, but I guessed the dog was pretty skinny. You have to realize that we get all kinds of calls that sometimes are right on and sometimes aren’t accurate at all. We are slammed everyday and receive emergency calls almost everyday. We just have to do what we can with the manpower and resources that we have.
I put this dog on the outreach list for Sunday. It wasn’t long before I received a call from Marilyn when they got over there that morning and the Boxer was dead in his dog house. He was totally emaciated and his dog pen was filthy. You can’t imagine that feeling when we go to check on a dog and find it dead or in terrible shape. It’s disheartening, disgusting and makes us mad as hell. I told Marilyn since it was Sunday, she was going to have to call the police and get animal control over there. Judy and I headed over.
Turns out that the owner had had surgery and was staying about 5 houses up the street. He had a renter in the house where the Boxer was. The owner told me that he brought bags of food down and the renter was supposed to feed the dog. I asked the renter if he fed the dog and he said, “everyday”. About that time, AC arrived. The ACO took pix of the dog and started to interview the two men, so Chain of Hope left. It’s a difficult job sorting everything out sometimes, because usually no claims ownership of the dog or they stand there and blame each other. I did email the director to see what citations were given to which man in this case, but have not heard back from him yet. I will let everyone know.
I can’t tell you how hard it is to be out here everyday looking at all the shit. We cope with it because we know we have an army of supporters behind us and because we are doing the right thing. Our work is critical in the inner city. It is hard to keep a positive attitude sometimes, but we know we’re exactly where we need to be-in the hood. Thank you for keeping us there. We’ll keep going as long as you keep sending us. Thank you for your continued support.