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Neighbor’s Final Straw: Dog Tied in 100+ Degree Sun With No Water

Neighbor’s Final Straw: Dog Tied in 100+ Degree Sun With No Water


Written by Marty Abel of Texas

This is about Trixie. A little black dog that belonged to the lady next door to me. She started climbing the fence and running around the neighborhood when the lady’s husband left her with their other dog. The lady got into trouble with the city for letting the dog roam, so she started keeping her in the house…that was until she got new furniture. Then she started tying her up in the backyard on a chain attached to a cable so she could walk back and forth for about 10 or 15 feet.

Now this is Texas and the summer and it gets WELL over 100 degrees during the day. One day, I noticed she wasn’t moving. Just laying there in the hot sun looking at me, wagging her tail. I went into the yard and saw tht she was tangled up and couldn’t move…not an inch. I untangled her and checked her water. There wasn’t any. I gave her water and she drank a couple bowls full.

I started checking on her every day. She never had water and she kept getting tangled up in the hot sun. I went out of town for a few days and when I got back, the first thing I did was check on her. She was tangled up and again had no water. I found out the lady had been gone for a few days also, so there’s no telling how long the dog was like that. I couldn’t take it anymore. I told her about me having to give the dog water all the time and her being tangled up in the sun all the time. I asked if she would just let me have her. She said okay and I took Trixie home.

Now I have to battle with her just to get her out of my room to go outside. Trixie has decided my bed is hers now. She is now fat and happy and living in air conditioning! And she’s a really sweet and grateful dog with three new fur friends. A crazy cocker, a corgi and a goldendoodle. All rescues and all spoiled rotten. Some nights they even let me have part of the bed. But not too much.

Speak Up!

If you suspect that a dog in your neighborhood is being neglected, especially during severe weather, speak up immediately. There are two schools of thought on this matter:

1. Diplomacy: Many experienced rescuers prefer to start here. Find a benign reason to approach your neighbor such as, “I’ve been finding my mailbox open lately, have you been having the same problem?”  Then, once you’ve opened the conversation with a neutral topic, begin talking to your neighbor about his pet with a genuine spirit of kindness, even if you’re fuming on the inside. You can express your admiration for the dog and begin with gentle questions such as, “The weatherman gave a heatstroke warning on this morning’s news. Do you think your dog needs some shelter from the sun?”  In some cases, a polite and supportive conversation will lead to the person offering improved conditions for their dog or to even agree to give up the animal if they don’t feel cornered or insulted.  It may take some persistence, but building a relationship with the neighbor and supporting the pet with additional food, water and shelter during the iterim can sometimes pay off.   There’s a useful article here with real-life examples from others.

2Law Enforcement: Often times, laws to protect animals are minimal and go unenforced. Many neighbors are afraid to rock the boat, but if not you, then who? All dogs must be provided with food, water and shelter.  Law enforcement officers must take action if these essentials are not provided.  They will often issue a warning and give the dog owner time to comply.  Once law enforcement becomes involved, however, it could possibly be more difficult for you to attempt a diplomatic solution.

Have You Spoken Up for a Neglected Animal?

If you’ve had success in getting a neglectful pet owner to improve the care for their pet or to surrender it to a better home, please share your story on The Great Animal Rescue Chase website or in the comments section below.

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6:49PM PDT on Jun 30, 2015

A happy ending for Trixi.
Thanks for saving her and making her happy.

3:34AM PDT on Jun 12, 2015

Marty, thanks for intervening and saving that poor dog.
As a former rep with Dogs Deserve Better, I know how difficult it can be convince a person to let someone give their chained dog a chance for a much better life.
Your advice for handling these situations is exactly correct.
My heart aches for all the lonely, unloved chained dogs in the world, and I despair for all the abuse and suffering so many loyal, innocent dogs endure. I sincerely believe that dogs are better than most people.

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9:56AM PDT on Jun 9, 2015


10:01AM PDT on May 13, 2015

Why do people get dogs if they treat them like this? It's beyond me.

10:49AM PST on Jan 27, 2015

Trixie was so lucky to be next door to you so you could save her, rescue dogs are so loyal, and loving, it defies belief that some people can be so callous though doesn't it?

5:23AM PST on Nov 9, 2014

poor dog

4:00AM PST on Nov 9, 2014

I cannot understand this! If a human cannot take the heat and strong sun for more than a short while, what makes these idiots think that an animal can? Poor little dog, thank God you noticed this abuse and were able to rescue her.
Some people have told me that they have never "found" a dog or cat and cannot understand how I came to have so many pets. Well all I can say is they must go around with blinders on because I have always noticed homeless and hungry dogs and cats, they are everywhere, you need only be aware of what to notice, what to look for in any loose animal's behavior. Again, thank you to Marty for saving this little pooch.

12:56PM PST on Nov 8, 2014

Please take a lesson from me. I didn't act soon enough and a little puppy died as a result. It was left on a chain in the middle of the yard with no shelter, no water and, as far as we could tell, not much food. We had a record breaking heat wave. I watched and waited for the owner to check on the puppy. I felt like it wasn't my place to interfere. She never came so when the puppy laid down and didn't get back up I, finally, went to check on it. By then the poor thing was barely responsive so I took it off the chain and headed immediately to the vet. The poor little thing didn't make it and to this day I still feel responsible for not acting sooner.

As for the owner, 3 or 4 weeks later she asked me "what ever happened to the dog". When I very pointedly said "it died" she responded with "oh well" and walked off. I never did really understand why she had the little puppy in the first place.

The moral of my story is "don't wait until it's too late to help".

8:10AM PST on Nov 7, 2014

:) happy end, but sorry for your bed :)

1:56AM PDT on Oct 10, 2014

We must all stand up when we see animal cruelty or neglect. By so doing, I am sure you saved the life of this poor dog.

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