Animal cruelty is stuffing a mother cat and her 5 kittens in a box and throwing down the drain or chaining a dog to a tree in the middle of the bush. This is not animal cruelty
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22-04-2016 06:55 #21
22-04-2016 07:01 #22
I always arrange a neighbour to come play with my dog and feed it when I'm on holidays. It's less stressful to the dog that way. He sleeps all the day anyway.
22-04-2016 07:09 #23
There is a lovely dog that lives behind my mum, she cries all day when they aren't there then they just give her a bowl of food at night and that's it, never walked, never see them patting her. If you try to pat her over the fence she gets so excited at the attention, it's bloody awful.
22-04-2016 07:20 #24
While it isn't 'cruelty' as such I don't agree with it. Dogs aren't solitary creatures so to leave him alone for 2 weeks just to be fed isn't ok in my opinion. What if he gets sick or injured, would kids notice this?
When they asked you to feed him did you offer for him to stay at your place? Is that an option?
As for walking, I'm sure our neighbours think we never walk our dog. She is very shy and a bit skittish so when she is walked we drive to the quiet nature reserve to avoid cars, people, bikes etc that startle her.
When we go away our girl stays with family or goes to the boarding house which she loves.
22-04-2016 07:27 #25
While they don't seem like ideal dog owners maybe as they know they have friends next door with kids who love the dog and always feed him when they are away they think they don't need to send the dog anywhere else? Maybe next time tell them no you can't feed the dog you should organise something else
Our dog goes to Nannas when we go away 😀
22-04-2016 07:38 #26
My neighbour looks after my 2 dogs when we go away. We don't go away a lot and not for long periods. Usually only a couple of nights. My girls are shepherds. So big dogs. Costs a lot for kennels. Especially when our neighbour adores the dogs! While she doesn't walk them because they are hard to walk and can be hard to play with. They do sometimes get ignored by us. Since DS came along we dont walk them all that much but they come inside pretty much every night unless it's hot and they both have their beds in our bedroom and have their favourite toys on them ready to go. So in a few ways I must be neglecting my dogs? It's hard to know what is considered wrong when u treat your pet like part of the family (like they should be) in this instance whilst unfair on the dog they aren't neglecting it. It's got the essentials.
But the dog running around town is not ok! My girls got out once. Some one opened our gate. Surprise surprise they went to the local cafe and stayed there lol
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22-04-2016 08:05 #27
A big pet peeve of mine (pardon the pun) is when folks who don't genuinely enjoy pets own pets. I truly wonder why anyone would have a dog when they don't bother engaging with it.
Letting it roam the street - not on.
Seems like it's relatively common for folks to leave their dogs at home when they holiday. As long as a neighbour is willing to be responsible for the dog when the owner is away, I wouldn't call it neglect as such. Some dogs become highly distressed in kennels. As long as the dog is comfortable in their surrounds, fed, and not a howler/nuisance barker, I don't think it's a bad thing.
I know where you're coming from OP, it's a sad situation to witness, especially when you are clearly a dog lover yourself.
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22-04-2016 08:17 #28Senior Member
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I pay someone to look after mine and he is very loved during the time we are away. He is walked played with and checked on twice a day we also receive a text every day after they have benn with a photo of him ☺ if anything was to happen they have permission to take him to the vets and we would pay for any treatment required over the phone. So he his well looked after and I wouldn't have it any other way
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22-04-2016 08:51 #29
22-04-2016 09:02 #30
Maybe not cruelty, but it's certainly neglect in my eyes. I do not understand why people get pets just to leave them outside. 50 years ago, maybe. But so much more is known about animal psychology these days, it's just heartless.
What would happen if you said you couldn't feed him because you'd be away at the same time or whatever? Would they just leave him, or organise someone else to feed him?
You are in a $hit situation, especially if these neighbours are friends.
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