Monday, June 14, 2004

Animal Cops - Suburbia

Am I watching too much Animal Planet these days…
On the way into school/work this morning my son and I had just started up our street (he drives us in the mornings, he has his permit only so far). We passed a house three houses away from ours and I saw a dog on their steps that was so emaciated I just kept saying “Oh my God, Oh my God.”
My quick thinking driver swung into the nearest driveway and spun us around and back to that house. We looked again. And sure enough this dog was so painfully thin I could see where is leg bones connected to his hips. Each rib was so clearly defined we could not only count them but see where they connected to the backbone. I was horrified, completely wrecked. Thank goodness I was not driving.
This is suburbia folks. Our lawns are green and weed free, our houses are well kept, our pets are fat, happy and generally confined to their own yards. I never expected to see such a thing in person, let alone at a neighbors house. I was tempted to drive back and hurl a bag of dog food out the window.
But instead, thanks to my Animal Cops training, I called the police. An Animal Control Officer has already called me back and is going to look into the situation. I will keep you posted.
Of course if I hear nothing by this afternoon there’s gonna be a Purina shower on our street....


jen said...

Oh my god. Hopefully the pooch gets back to good health. I've never, ever, understood how people can allow crap like that to happen.

Poor doggy.

You and your son are good people. :)

Anonymous said...

I hope it's not too late.

When a dog is that emaciated... eh, nevermind. We all know the problems that can occur.

Kudos to you and Ferris for going after this problem. There should be more people like you.