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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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4:17AM PDT on Apr 18, 2014

I wish FAR more pple were like that - most pple see suffering , and keep on walking , looking the other way "it is too upsetting" , then go have a latte instead.

I , quite literally stole my current dog. He was a puppy tied up with a humungous chain heavier than he was on a gravel driveway in 100 degree heat with no water and a klobasa that he could not chew as it was bigger than he was, and would have given him the runs anyway. He was near unconscious from dehydration and heat when I cut him lose.

And I couldn't give a flip if the SWAT team would have come to get me .

Most of the time, if you threaten reporting the abusers tot he police - they back down - they don't care enough about the animals to risk a run in with the law.


I think the suggestions in the article are great. But for heavens sake - if you see an animal suffering ACT!!! If you are too afraid to, enlist a less scaredy cat friend who is an animal lover to do it for you - just do something about it!!!

2:23AM PST on Nov 10, 2013

Kiss for you and Trixie......xxxx

10:29PM PST on Nov 7, 2013

Martin Luther King said Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.

11:59PM PST on Nov 6, 2013

thank you for helping Trixie

12:56PM PDT on Oct 30, 2013

Thank you Marty

6:02AM PDT on Oct 28, 2013

GOOD article!!

10:42AM PDT on Oct 27, 2013

Get involved (at least try), don't leave it to the next guy. We need to look out for each other, no matter the species. Basics 101. Sad that humanKIND such as this example is becoming rare indeed.

9:47AM PDT on Oct 22, 2013

Thank you for saving Trixie for that is what you did. Heat stroke can happen very quickly!

9:46AM PDT on Oct 22, 2013

Thank you

2:44PM PDT on Oct 16, 2013

Thank you for rescuing Trixie. I despair at some dog owners. How would they like to be tied up in the heat, in fact tied up all day anyway is cruel.

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