Editor’s note: This post is a Care2 favorite. It was originally published on August 26, 2010. Enjoy.
Here’s a story that will make you scratch your head in wonder. An animal advocate in Los Angeles was arrested after trying to rescue two dogs that were locked inside a foreclosed home because Animal Services was worried about getting sued.
Neighbors said that when the owners of the home left, they took all of their belongings except their two dogs. A six-month-old puppy was locked inside the house and another dog named Taz was left inside the garage.
Next door neighbor Elisa Woods became concerned for the well-being of the dogs when the temperature “got hotter” and “they were getting hungrier,” so she called for help.
L.A. Animal Services responded to her call and came with food and water, which they shoved through an open window in the house and slipped under a 2 inch opening in the garage. But the officers “didn’t enter the home.” According to NBC news, the city is required to give a written warning to the owners before entering the home or removing the dogs. The owners have 24 hours to fix the problem.
Animal Services Officer Hoang Dinh said, “Possibility the people could come back and then they could turn this around and sue the city.
Their actions, or lack or action “wasn’t good enough for animal rescuer Hans Petersen” who is with LA Animal Rescue Org. He went inside the house and a few minutes later walked out with the puppy.
But before he could help Taz, LAPD arrived on the scene and arrested Petersen for “interfering with Animal Services as they conduct their duties.” The puppy was taken to the South L.A. Animal Shelter, but Taz was left behind in the garage. There is no word about how long the dogs had been abandoned or if their owners had left them with any food or water.
What do you think about leaving abandoned dogs for 24 hours before taking them to safety?
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