As she drove by the Pit-Bull mid-afternoon today, she saw him hunched over and trying to stand lifting first one leg and then another. He was cold. She drove by two hours later; he was still there looking oh so cold. She checked on him again...and finally she burst into tears...she could not tolerate his abuse anymore.
Paula went to the door, knocked and when the woman answered, she explained that she was there about her dog. The door was slammed in her face. That did not stop Paula, she yelled through the door that the dog was cold...freezing. "How would you like to be out here in weather this cold without proper shelter and warmth?" she yelled. "How can you do this to this dog? How can you not care?" The answer was that they would call the police. Paula told them "Please call the police...please call them so they can see this animal abuse!" She told them that several people were involved and were not going away because they cared about their dog. While there, she saw no dog food and the water was frozen. The dog no longer even barked at her...he continued to be hunched over and trying to rotate his cold feet. Paula's heart was breaking and she continued to campaign for the dog, begging the owners to care and do something to get the dog out of this cold weather. She begged them to give her the dog if nothing else. She told them that others cared about this dog, the news has been contacted about their lack of care, etc. Paula finally left...in tears...but did she not give up.
Ten minutes later, she checked on the Pit-Bull again. He was not in the yard any longer. Hopefully he was at least in the garage on this very cold night. Paula will be checking on him again early, early in the morning. She knows he is only temporarily inside...that is what has always happened...but maybe for tonight he will be a bit warmer and sheltered.
I am sure the "custodians" of this dog thought she was crazy. I am proud of her...she did take a huge risk in an effort to change the awful circumstances for this dog. Something has got to be done so this dog has a permanent, positive change in his life. We understand that according to Animal Control, his situation meets the requirements of Title 17. Most everyone who sees this dog struggles with that interpretation and do not agree...we believe he is not a dog who can withstand such cold weather all day and all night...and this is one cold night!
Thank you Paula for caring so much...and taking action.
What else can the rest of us do?