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Man Arrested for Rescuing Dogs From Abandoned Home

Man Arrested for Rescuing Dogs From Abandoned Home

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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12:14PM PST on Dec 7, 2014

It sounds pretty obvious to me that the jerks were not coming back for their dogs, especially if the house was in foreclosure. They did not give a shit about the animals, or the dogs would have been the first thing that they took! The least they could have done was taken them to a rescue, and not left them to starve. It is also really sad that Animal Services was more concerned with being sued, then with the lives of the two dogs. Hans is a hero in my opinion, and had I lived next door to this house, the dogs would have been taken to safety by my own hands, and not left alone! I sure hope Karma comes back to bite the owners in the ass big time!

3:40PM PDT on Oct 3, 2014

how sad when life is held in total disregard and it becomes a crime to save a life. The animal control idiots LAPD- should be fined and arrested for not allowing this man to rescue these living beings. and for not going after the lowlife scumrot people who abandoned them in the hot hell of hunger & thirst & fear! If they rented or once owned the house they can be found arrested and fined and jailed! The man is a hero not a criminal!

4:27PM PDT on Sep 4, 2014

So many comments by Susan...Guess it was not her fault. Something strange happened here. I have also to say that I agree totally with her!,

6:38AM PDT on Aug 29, 2014

This is unacceptable and unbelievable. The law is an ass as per usual. It should be prosecuting the people who abandoned the dogs. Not the rescuer.

6:37AM PDT on Aug 29, 2014

This is unacceptable and unbelievable. The law is an ass as per usual. It should be prosecuting the people who abandoned the dogs. Not the rescuer.

6:37AM PDT on Aug 29, 2014

This is unacceptable and unbelievable. The law is an ass as per usual. It should be prosecuting the people who abandoned the dogs. Not the rescuer.

6:37AM PDT on Aug 29, 2014

This is unacceptable and unbelievable. The law is an ass as per usual. It should be prosecuting the people who abandoned the dogs. Not the rescuer.

6:33AM PDT on Aug 29, 2014

This is unacceptable and unbelievable. Its obvious the owners were not coming back. The law is an ass as per usual.

6:32AM PDT on Aug 29, 2014

This is unacceptable and unbelievable. Its obvious the owners were not coming back. The law is an ass as per usual.

6:32AM PDT on Aug 29, 2014

This is unacceptable and unbelievable. Its obvious the owners were not coming back. The law is an ass as per usual.

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