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09:09 AM - 02/22/2010

The topic: I just called animal control

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When we go walking in the mornings, on Mondays and Fridays, we pass a certain house.  The people there moved out, we used to love their dog, a big black fuzzy thing, maybe a chow?  I don’t know dog breeds at all.  We used to talk to the dog, this had to be one of the happiest dogs we’d see on our walks, we called him “Happy Dog”.  As in “hello, there, Happy Dog, how are you today?”

Anyway, they moved out, there’s a “for rent” sign on the fence.  Earlier this month we talked about an aquarium they had left behind, how nasty the water was.  This is a concern because we’ve got West Nile virus in the neighborhood and stagnant water is a prime breeding ground for mosquitoes. 

Well, last week Brian says “there’s a turtle swimming around in the water”.  I thought he was joking.  This morning, I saw it. It was swimming to the top, looking for food or air, I don’t know, but there’s nothing for it to sit on to be out of the water.  Was it always this full or was it the rains? Doesn’t really matter, nobody is feeding the thing, the water is nasty and it’s just not a good thing.

So, we took down the address and I called animal control just a few minutes ago. The recording said they were closed for the day, but if it was an emergency to press 1.  I did.

She asked my name, my phone number, got some information about the residence, did they have a dog (she was using this to look up owner’s name, I suppose), what kind?  Big black fuzzy thing, maybe a chow?  I have zero knowledge of dog breeds.  So, someone will be going out today to pick up this poor abandoned turtle. I hope it finds a good home.



Good for you! Poor thing, this angers me so much. No matter what a persons financial situation there is absolutely no reason to abandon a living creature no matter how small. I’ve been looking at homes on line for a possible move to Arizona this summer, some are foreclosures. I’m shocked how many leave fish tanks behind. I’m sure someone would have taken that turtle if they gave it away for free on craigslist or something.

Posted by Melanee @ Monday, February 22, 2010 - 9:54:08 AM


There has to be a special place in Hell for scumbags who move and abandon their animals.  We took in a cat that was left behind by a family in our neighborhood.  She’s a beautiful, sweet little girl who deserves much better treatment than she got from them.  I don’t care if the animal is a dog, a cat, a hamster, a turtle, or a fish.  It’s a little life that deserves respect.  A pox on the lowlifes who abandoned that poor turtle, and blessings on you and Brian for showing compassion for it!!

Posted by Trudy @ Monday, February 22, 2010 - 9:58:44 AM


Wow - this and an kind of animal abandonment or cruelty makes me want to hunt down the ‘owners’ and brand them on the forhead somehow with:
“CRUEL TO ANIMALS - do not let this person have a pet!!!”
in indelible lifelong ink!
Too bad that wouldn’t be legal!
Good on you for looking, caring and taking action!
Bless you both!

Posted by Kerry @ Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:05:31 AM

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