Neighbors Help Dog After Owners Are Hospitalized

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Monday, June 27, 2011

"I want to put a bucket in there but I don't want the dog to jump on me," said Kelly, a concerned neighbor who did not want to go on camera.

People in the neighborhood were upset that a dog was left alone for nearly three weeks inside a home with no electricity.

"I don't want to go in there 'cause if the dog acts mean enough, it will bite me. I figured that's what Animal Control was there to help people out in situations like that. A little frustrated with them," said Gerry Cook, landlord of the property.

Kelly was afraid for the dog's well being.

"He's just a big Rottweiler and he's like a big baby, but he's turning vicious now every time someone comes near the house. He wants to jump out the window," said Kelly.

The renters of the property have been hospitalized for the past few weeks and have left their Rottweiler without food or water.

"We're just all concerned because we continue to see this dog in the house with nobody coming around," said Kelly.

Concerned neighbors and the landlord did all they could. They called Animal Services several times over the last two weeks to help the dog.

"We're here. We would meet them any time they want and open the door and let them take the dog until, at least, the renters are back on their feet," said Cook.

After KAKE News contacted Animal Services, they said that for legal reasons they needed either the owners or the landlord to be present in order to get the dog out.

A few hours later, the dog was freed from the home and was fed by Animal Services.

The landlord and neighbors are glad the Rottweiler has been taken out of the situation.

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