This post is part of a series wherein struggling pet owners submit pleas for help to the expertise of blogland. Everyone’s experiences are unique. If you have any suggestions, please don’t hesitate to share them in the comments. What you think common sense may be revolutionary for someone else. You never know what may resonate. My hope is that together we can help good pet people feel a little less alone.
This is a very different type of question from the others in the past. The reader doesn’t have a concern for her own pets, rather one belonging to someone she doesn’t know. It has brought up multitude of other questions in my mind on a topic I haven’t explored in any depth. I am curious to read your take on the situation.
The email reads:
Hi, I hope you have some advice. I don’t know the right thing to do here and hoped others could help? I’ve never complained about anything before and don’t want to look like I am being all judgmental when it could be nothing. But I worry about this poor dog and if things really are bad I think something should be done to help. I would feel awful if I could have done something and didn’t.
Every day I pass a dog on the main road on my way to work. I work night shifts a lot so the dog is out there in the evening when I go and is there at four am when I come home. He is be tied up on a rope and he is always laying on the front step. He was there all last winter and summer and will probably be there this winter as well. I can’t really tell but there doesn’t even seem to be a dog house for him or any dishes for water.
Before I sent this email I walked by the house to get a closer look. The dog was outside in the afternoon and it was raining. When I made eye contact with him he tried to stand and I noticed he had trouble getting up. He barked at me once and took a couple steps and it looked like he was limping.
I don’t know what to do and I feel so bad! Do you think I should call police? Do you think they can do anything? It seems like cruelty to me to have a dog tied up without anything in the cold. I don’t know the people who own him and I don’t feel comfortable approaching them. Maybe everything is fine and the dog is okay but I can’t stop worrying. I cried all the way to work because he looked so sad. What if he is really hurt and I didn’t do anything? Is there anything I can do? Should I just mind my own business? I don’t know about reporting it because what if the owner gets mad and hurts the dog more or has the dog put down? What is the right thing to do?
What do you think? Do you have any suggestions for her? Have you ever witnessed something you considered reporting to authorities?
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