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Evicted Tenants Leave Animals to Die

Written by Michelle Kretzer | January 5, 2012

The landlord didn’t know how long they had been suffering there. He just knew that when he arrived at the central Utah house from which he had evicted the tenants, he discovered six dogs, 12 cats, and a group of horses who had been left behind. He called the sheriff’s department for help, but when the city humane society informed police that they were not allowed to accept animals from outside city limits, officers didn’t know what to do.  

The crated dogs finally got fresh air before being
transported to a veterinary office.

For four days, the landlord waited for help while making sure the animals at least had food and water. The horses were able to graze and were OK. But the 12 feral cats inside the home had been left with no suitable place to relieve themselves. Two of the dogs were left sitting in crates amid their own waste and were too aggressive for the landlord to let them out or even give them food and water. The other four short-haired dogs were left outside in a barren pen without protection from the weather. On the fourth day, fearing that the dogs would freeze to death as the temperature dipped into single digits, the landlord called PETA.

Caseworkers arranged boarding for the dogs at a veterinarian’s office, and the police agreed to transport the dogs and pay the bill. The landlord worked on trapping the feral cats and taking them to a shelter that could accept them. After everything the dogs had been through, they were either too aggressive to be placed for adoption or were very, very sick, so they were given a humane, peaceful release. The horses, however, were healthy and even-tempered and were placed in new homes. The sheriff’s department is searching for the runaway owners and hopes to file cruelty charges.

The adage “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again,” is especially true when trying to protect animals. You may encounter roadblocks, but with perseverance, you can save animals from suffering

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  • BunniesRyummy says:

    I can’t understand why people would do this. Just take them to a shelter! My cat, Brian, was abondoned in an apartment and saved by the landlord. He’s the coolest, kindest cat I’ve ever had. The previous owners are missing out.

  • Marie says:

    How in somebodys right mind can you just up and leave animals that depend on you. its sick that a person would even think about doing this. if you dont want to take care of your animals then dont have them in the first place. how would they like to be left behind with no food, water,or attention. this case is disgusting.

  • Irene Leggett says:

    How can ANYONE just close the door and walk away from any animal, especially as these so-called ‘owners’ knew those animals were in cages, without food, water and shelter. No matter the circumstances, these ‘owners’ are a disgrace to mankind, and hopefully will be found and held accountable for their blantant acts of cruelty, no excuses, period.

  • Robert says:

    This is disgusting. I am appalled that someone could do this to these loving animals.

  • Jan says:

    That landlord should get an award for being persistent in getting help for those poor animals, and feeding the ones he could get to! I hope the heartless ppl that were responsible can be caught and prosecuted.

  • Carla* says:

    I bet as soon as those dogs were let out of their creates and chance for them to be themselves, feed and watered, they would have done a 3/60. But it takes patience and time (most cases). They most likely were acting protective/aggressive because that create was all they knew and that was there only home. Same goes for chained dogs.

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