About 4 months ago, Chain of Hope helped a guy with a white Boxer that he said he had taken in as a stray. She was pretty thin and chained outside 24/7, so we began trying to help this dog and her owner. We got her in and spayed and vaccinated her for free. This guy’s girlfriend also had a dog chained up in the backyard. She refused to have Diamond spayed, so we did not deal with her. Even though we offered the spay for free AND we provide curb service by picking up the animal and bringing them back home, she refused to spay her. Diamond was not a pit or pit mix so there was nothing we could do as far as the law goes, so we left her alone. Her dog didn’t look as thin as the Boxer. We knew with her living on a chain outside 24/7 she was going to get pregnant, but the owner was not receptive.
The Boxer was still thin, so we dropped the guy puppy food every once in awhile. She was not gaining weight, in fact she looked like she had lost weight. We told the guy she probably needed to be de-wormed. We took 3 days of Panacur over to him and showed and explained to him how to give it to her. Again, this was all for free. We really thought that this would do the trick. She had to have been full of parasites.
Chain of Hope receives about 25 calls a day and we are incredibly busy. We hadn’t been by to check on the white Boxer for awhile. Marilyn and I were going down the street one day when Marilyn recognized the house. We decided to pull over and see how this beautiful girl was doing. We walked around to the backyard and this is what we saw:
We were not happy about this dog’s condition. You can see the look on her face when Marilyn is approaching with food in her hand. She was starving and had no water whatsoever. In every picture, she has her head down trying to eat the treats we put on the ground. We fed her, gave her a drink and called this into animal control that afternoon.
We were right back over there the next day and the dog was still there. Things were just the same. I called in our confirmation number to check on the case and was told that they hadn’t gotten over there yet. We gave her some food and water and left. We never leave food and water down for the animal when we’ve called animal control. We give them something to eat and give them a drink and then take the bowls away. We don’t want animal control giving anyone a pass because we were there feeding and watering their dog. We want them to see the same conditions that we see when we go.
When I called later that day, I was told that the officer that went out left a door hanger and closed the case. And yes, that does mean that he left this poor dog in the yard. We know for a fact that this girl had no water that day either because we had given her a drink and then removed our bowl. I was not totally surprised because unfortunately this happens and we have to call animal control back out, which is what I did. I asked them to open a new case at this address and send someone else out.
In the meantime, I had had a call from a supervisor regarding another case and I began telling him that I was very concerned about this particular Boxer. I told him her story about how long we’d been involved with this animal and what the history had been. He assured me that they would send someone over again.
We went over the next morning and the dog was still there in the same damn situation. The officer talked to the owner who told them that they had just rescued this animal as a stray 2 weeks ago and that is why she is still so skinny. Even though I had told the entire history to a supervisor, this officer believed the people and left the dog there again.
May I say unfucking believable???
What does it take to get an animal in this condition out of her hellhole? We were going on our 4th day of trying to get this animal out of here and she was still sitting there. Thank God we were feeding and watering her everyday. Even though we didn’t leave anything, at least we knew that she’d had something to eat and drink that day. I can’t even express to you how infuriating and frustrating this was. This was a battle to get this little starved girl some help. We were checking on this girl everyday and it killed us to have to walk away again and leave her there, waiting for the city to do their job.
After 2 calls into animal control and no help for this dog, I called some police contacts we have and asked for help. I couldn’t even believe that I had to go this far, but we were going to get help for this girl no matter what. The police started calling animal control on behalf of this dog. A KCPD officer had gone out and looked at this dog and he was upset as well. I also sent an email and pictures to the director of animal control, his boss, and our attorney. Thankfully, we finally had some action. The director sent a supervisor over there and he impounded the dog. Finally, Callie was out of there.
I knew not to rest easy though, because I’ve seen things get messed up before-like a neglected dog going back to the owner. I don’t know why officers went over to this house to try and make contact with the owner to explain to him what he had to do to GET THE DOG BACK. I don’t even have words for this. Why was that much effort put into trying to make contact with this neglectful owner so that he could get his dog back? He had clearly demonstrated that he didn’t give a rat’s ass about this girl. I don’t even want to think about what would’ve happened had this dog been given back to this neglectful owner. I thought we’d been in a battle for this little girl, but if she’d gone back to the owner it would’ve been WW III!!!
The owner never called and they never made contact with him, so the dog went up for adoption. I got her out of there as soon as I could. I was at the shelter for 1 1/2 hrs. trying to pull this dog out of the shelter. This entire case had been a nightmare.
Callie actually has been a pretty sick little girl. She has a yeast infection in both ears, she had an eye infection that developed, she was grossly underweight, and a couple of days later, she developed a really bad case of kennel cough. She’s been to the vet everyday for the past 3 days trying to save her. She is undergoing a chest x-ray as I type this.
Callie is in a wonderful foster home with Sarah and her husband Nate. They are wonderful foster parents and love this girl already! Callie has been through so much, but she’s a tough girl and we know she’ll make it.
Thank you for keeping us out there, fighting for these animals. I have to ask, if animal control would leave an animal in this condition and situation not once but twice, what do they remove? I’m glad they finally did the right thing, after much pressure. It shouldn’t be this hard. Like I said, this should’ve taken only one phone call to get this girl out of this backyard. I’m sure in other cities, that’s all it would’ve taken. It’s a battle here and we will continue to be advocates for these poor babies.
I did have a good talk with a couple of supervisors at animal control about this and I do have their phone numbers if something like this comes up again (and it will!). Hopefully things will happen a little more quickly next time and the main concern will be the welfare of the animal, not the welfare of the owner.