One of my neighbors has a dog. My insane neighbor. The one that (I told some people about) who walked right into my house without asking and preached to me for nearly an hour about his conversion to Mormonism.
This man clearly abuses his dog. This dog is skittish, introverted, and has learned very submissive behavior. When his owner barged into my house that day he was with him, and for whining and wagging his tail he was struck HARD. So hard that it scared Koda and caused him to hold a defensive position and growl for several minutes (which is very unlike him). When I had an opportunity to pet him, his fur was EXTREMELY dry and felt exactly like straw, telling me his diet must be abysmal.
He also keeps the poor thing outside at all times, tied to a broken school bus on the side of his house with a rope. Sometimes he even locks him inside it, and it must get really hot in there considering it has no shade from the harsh desert sun out here.
This dog always chews through the rope and wanders the neighborhood. I’ve tried on several occasions to get him to come to me by offering treats, calling gently and crouching, but he always runs back to the bus on sight. And I’m 3 houses and a street’s width away from there; he makes a beeline and hides.
Today, Koda was wailing and screaming at the window, so I went to check what was out there. That poor dog was walking across our front yard. And he was close enough to where, even without my glasses, I could see huge black spots against his tan fur, which I know weren’t there very long ago. So I’m supposing that he might be developing mange, or he’s gotten so ill that he’s going bald. If it is mange, I’m concerned because Koda had some small contact with him the other morning when he got out of the yard and went on a run.
Now even though I know all this, I can’t report it. There is no animal shelter or animal control office that has jurisdiction in this county outside of St George (30 miles away). They won’t even cover Gunlock which is right around the damn corner. They’ve immediately refused to help me when I called them about strays multiple times. And I’m afraid if I call the police, they’ll seize the dog and euthanize him.
But what’s worse, living the way he does, or being put to sleep?
I wish I could steal him away and show him so much affection. I hate having to look on and watch him suffer every single day.