Thursday, October 26, 2006

Animal Hoarding?

Yet another event at the Wharfinger Building the other day, this one hosted by Miranda Animal Rescue and dealing with the problem of animal hoarding. No link on the Eureka Reporter web page to the article but it's about the horror stories we've heard now and again about people have dozens of animals which leads to neglect.

While that should be a concern, seems to me an even bigger problem is people taking in animals who don't really have the means, or interest, to take care of them. I was talking to a neighbor about this just yesterday. He came by walking his dog, which he does at least once a day. I got to chatting with him, although it escapes me how we got on to the subject of animal neglect.

I pointed out the dog at the druggie house a couple houses up the street. They acquired that dog a few months ago, seems to me. They apparently don't have a secure back yard as the dog was out on the streets immediately after they got him. They'd catch him, throw him in the back yard and soon thereafter he'd be out again.

If the dog wasn't aggressive enough- it would get out on the street and go around barking and growling at everyone- now they have it chained in their front yard, making it even more aggressive. I guess that's what got the subject on my mind yesterday because, when I went out to drag my garbage can back up to the house, the dog's barking at me and I'm three houses away and across the street from him.

If they're just going to tie a dog up in the front yard, why'd they even bother bringing him home to begin with?

Then there's the relatively new neighbor next door. She ends up getting a dog a few months ago, too. Not that she can really afford it as she has two kids and no job. I've been given the impression she's not supposed to even have a dog there, it being a rental, but I'm not sure about that.

Her yard's not secured, either, but I can't blame her for that as our fence has been a shambles for years.

Her dog ends up in our back yard right away. Not so much a problem with me except for it being illustrative that she doesn't have any control over her dog. The wife gets pissed, though, cause the dog steals her flowerpots and craps in our yard.

So we try to block up the holes in the fence to no avail. Doesn't matter as there are other places for the dog to get out. Just about every morning, when I go out to get the newspaper, the dogs sitting in their front yard and gets all nervous when I go pick up the paper. No barking yet, but I think that dog will certainly get more aggressive as it gets older.

What did she even bother getting that dog for? I've seen her taking it for a walk once. Maybe she does more often, but I've never seen it. Bottom line is, she doesn't even seem to have enough money to take care of herself and the kids and she drags a dog she can't take care of into the equation. The mentality here defies common sense.

Then there's the older story that really made my blood boil, and this guy seems fairly well off:

Just around the corner from my house, on F Street, there's a guy living next to a yard I used to work in. He's some appliance repair guy, or at least he was a few years ago when this all came about.

One day I notice him walking a dog by my house. I didn't think much of it, just a guy walking his dog, but did take note he must have just gotten it as I'd never seen him with a dog before. Seems to me I saw him walking that dog two or three times, before he must have gotten tired of it.

Then one day I stop to do his next door neighbors lawn and I see he's got one of those 4' x 8' chain link dog kennels in his front yard enclosure. Inside it, there that dog sat, and sat. It was nice of the guy to put a dog house in there so the dog had protection from the elements, but with the dog house in the cage, that gave the dog only about half the kennel to move in, which meant basically all he could do was lie there.

I don't know if somebody said something to him but a couple months later he fully enclosed the area around front door of his house and opened the kennel so the dog had a little more room to move around. A slight improvement anyway.

But not much more room and there the dog sat. The small area turned into a mudhole when the rains came and there that dog was with nothing to do but sit in the dog house or lay in the mud.

Eventually, the guy filled the area with rock. I guess that was his attempt at taking care of the dog. I guess I should say dogS, because by now there were two dogs in there instead of one. The problem with the rock, at least I saw it, was it wasn't pea gravel, or anything that might have been more comfortable on the feet, it was big rocks, three to five inches around. That's what they had to lay on in there.

Can you imagine having to live on a rocky river bar with no soft ground to rest on? That's what it must have been like for those dogs living in that "kennel"?

I'm not sure what's going on there now. I stopped doing his neighbor's lawn a couple years ago. Even before I did, the guy raised the fence around his "kennel" so you couldn't see what the dogs were doing. I wonder if he got tired of people getting on his case about the dogs, assuming someone said something.

What did he ever bring those dogs home for, then add insult to injury and get yet another dog?

There oughta be a law. Libertarian though I may be, these sorts of things beg the question as to whether we should have means testing before people can adopt animals?


At 9:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a general rule, dog owners are oblivious to the endless problems their ill-bred pets cause.

It's interesting to note that numerous studies have suggested that dog owners lack the intelligence quotient that the rest of us have.

Don't believe me?

Well, would YOU put up with an animal that barks all day, drools and eats its own feces???

ahhhhh - enough about dick cheney

At 10:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:57 shows his/her ignorance with a generalized statement citing an unnamed "study."

I agree with Fred wholeheartedly.
There are many people I have known or encountered and wondered the same thing---why have a dog if it is not going to be a companion animal but only locked or chained up. It's a sad life for a dog and probably causes a lot of the behavior problems described.

There should be laws, including the proposed law requiring animals to be spayed or neutered.

At 10:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 10:52 AM, Blogger Jeff said...

All praise be to Friends for Life. They do amazing work, and do background checks before placing animals. I encourage you all to attend their benefits and/or make a donation. Their spay/neuter numbers are impressive.

You can tell the substance of a man by how he treats children and animals.

At 11:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 10:23 & 10:40 - There goes Charles Douglas and Nick Bravo again. Talk about the need to neuter somethings.

At 11:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

no dice, Charles apparantly has a job in the mornings and bravo...well, he's probbably still stuck in nebraska somewhere.

At 11:06 AM, Blogger Carol Ann said...

I agree with you about this issue Fred. Having a dog is like having a child and should be a well-thought-out process. Unfortunately, it is not always the case.

At 11:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 11:04 - If you call Charles having a job "trimming" as actual employment.

At 11:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Fred. Unfortunately people complain about the adoption process at the Sequoia Humane Society when all that they are trying to do is screen adoptors so that at the very least they can in some cases eliminate the possibility of a dog going to a bad home.

At 11:16 AM, Anonymous Jim Shults said...

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At 11:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:16 - Calling Charles Douglas a journalist is an insult to all those you have given their lives reporting from the hot spots of the world. He's been fired from every job he's had as a journalist. Ask Kevin Hoover.

At 11:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:16 - Calling Charles Douglas a journalist is an insult to all those "who" have given their lives reporting from the hot spots of the world. He's been fired from every job he's had as a journalist. Ask Kevin Hoover.

Got to drink less coffee.

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At 12:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Responsible pet adoption agencies all ask for something regarding the fitness of the adopting party-but there will always be baskets of puppies and kittens at the store, Fred.

At 12:30 PM, Blogger Jeff said...

Heck, the irresponsible don't even need to go to the store--they can just breed their own.

At 12:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kittens and Puppies are delicacies in some countries. Ever have roast cat in marmalade sauce? it's to die for.

At 12:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I pulled your words out from their proper context, Fred. Sorry! "There oughta be a law. Libertarian though I may be,..."

This sounds like a Libertarian who is on the verge of a New Way of Looking At The World.

ARE laws necessary to regulate society, protecting the weak from the strong and the vulnerable (kids and animals) from stupid caretakers?

But why ask and answer such an obvious question?

At 12:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 12:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nick Bravo has a B.A. in Religion and Theater as stated on his blog.

At 12:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

someone wanna call HSU and confirm it?

At 12:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nick get a life. Find a women or a man and settle down. Fred. If your going to comment on Animal related issues please delete these idiots.

At 12:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nick Bravo = Barbara Shults

Here's my reasoning.

1. Both are affiliated with charles douglas.

2. Both have dabbled in Humboldt politics.

and now the most important clue.

3. Have you ever seen them in the same place at the same time?

At 12:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:47 I am not nick, nor am I any of the above mentioned people. Based on what I have seen and heard of nick bravo I sincerely doubt he earned a degree and willingly left humboldt county.

Does anyone really know why he left? or if he really is in nebraska as his blog claims?

He is in fact a dangerous psychotic and thankfully the damage he, allen, and douglas did to the local green party has been rectified by david cobb's wise leadership.

At 12:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You gave us a good post, Frederick. Thoughtful. Motivated by kindness. I hope lots of people read it, especially before they think about getting an animal of their very own.

But how likely is it that a law will be passed to keep cruel potential pet owners from getting pets to be cruel to?

Not likely at all.

Consider: Any man and woman can meet in a bar while intoxicated, fall in "love", get married the next day, and have children without having to pass any test, take any personality screening, even to undergo a criminal background check. It's basically an unregulated process. AND THAT IS FOR HAVING CHILDREN !!!!!

So why should we think new laws will be passed to review possible puppy and kitty owners to ensure their fitness?

At 12:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least you can toss unwanted kittens and puppies into the ocean.

At 1:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Charles has been going after David Cobb since day one. Cobb has done more for the Green Party since he got here than Charles ever did. Charles is a boil on the ass of Humboldt County and need to be lanced.

At 1:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard charles is involved in santeria.

At 1:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are some people that put more care into the feeding and raising their dogs than others do in raising their kids.

Makes me think of Mommy Dearest in the news today.

And what's up with this Dick Bravo?

At 5:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 8:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 9:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Criminals come in all shapes and sizes. Look at Nick Bravo and Charles Douglas.

At 3:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In what way are douglas and bravo criminals? What have they supposedly done other than voice their opinion?

At 8:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There really ought to be a law.

How we treat the vulnerable among us - children, animals, etc. - says an enormous amount about our society.

Anyone contacted Friends For Life or another local group about what can be done for chained up dogs in the mud?

At 7:22 AM, Blogger Nick Bravo said...

I'm still waiting for Anon 9pm to say why me and charles are criminals.

At 4:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For those of you who are interested. Tracy Herrin, Attorney at Law, located at 917 3rd Street in Eureka is providing internet access to Charles Douglas from her computer. She refuses to take any responsiblity for enabling Charles who lives down the hall from her office in Suite E located in back of the building.
Charles only pays $150.00 in rent. He pays his rent with drug money.
The landlord of the building is Peter Martin, Attorney at Law who is aware of Charles residence and conduct.

At 11:38 AM, Blogger Nick Bravo said...

Fred, will you please remove ramblings such as the one from 4:52 pm. It's barbara shults and her feud with douglas doesn't need to be brough to your blog.

At 4:52 PM, Blogger Derchoadus said...

I agree with you Fred. I have 3 dogs, one from Friends For Life, one fron Miranda's and one we rescued from some one we lived next door to. Real sad. The dog we got from Miranda's was found chained up to a tree in the back yard after the tenents of the house did a midnight move before the cops showed up to evict 'em. The management company found him 3 days food or water.
I won't even go into how badly our FFL dog was when they got her.

I totally agree with anon 12:57. There should be a test before you pro-create, at least a background and credit check.


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