MicheleElys asked me to post this story for her:
DO YOU HAVE THE GUTS TO TAKE A STAND
Today was one more ordinary hot Saturday with short errands to get out of the way. As I turned onto my Lopez Street off of Dunlap and drive home with windows rolled up, air-conditioning blasting to keep my Blue Heeler Sweet Sade cool, I heard shrieks in blood curdling form of yelping. At first I thought I may have had hit a dog; as I looked around the car I saw nothing but continued to hearing these spine-tingling screams of (?) a dog. I backed the car up to the end lot with fears of a car rounding the same corner and crash into my back end and harm Sweet Sade, but the terrifying screams were urgent.
I looked over a dog that is always chained to a trailer, through blizzards, blazing heat and of course it was lunging as normally, then gazing past, I saw puppies!!
Screaming puppies! Rushing out of my car, positioning myself between the lunging dog, I saw 3 puppies whose eyes were yet to open, panting and baking in the hot sun. They were desperately crawling next to a hot iron gate, trying to find some kind of relief; however without eyes to see, their mother chained on the other side of the fence lunging at me, I yelled for the occupants in the house.
Slowly a man and child came out. I told them of the situation, immediately he lied “I just put them out”, (I have seen this man often, he normally is in some kind of drunken stupor, bruised beyond recognition from of brawl). I told him “the puppies where baking in the sun and dying a horrific death”. He tried to schooched me off the property – I was not going anywhere. Insisting he pull the puppies out of the baking sun – all this was growing louder in voice while the puppies where bellowing in pain. Everything they touched or crawled onto was burning their tender skin; the sight made my stomach wrench.
I insisted he picked the puppies up and remove them from the sun, my Spanish was equally as bad as his English, and I had to stay away from the lunging mother. As he pulled one puppy out, I begged for him to give me the puppy to hold. I wanted to see how hot the baby was; it burnt in my hands. He said, now don’t get attached. “Attached”? I replied, “get these puppies out of the sun and give them water immediately”. “They have water” was the reply. I again enforced, “get them out of the sun now” and then he began to push me away. Well I may only be 5’4” but I am a red-head and very determined.
I insisted, so he went back pretending to get the puppies. I told him I was going to call the authorities, with that he brushed me away and tried to push me once again with more anger. There was not a chance I could get past the mother, not get bitten and rescue these puppies. My dog was in my car, which I left running at a very precarious “accident waiting to happen” spot. So I climbed into my car, as I left I did receive the proverbial defiant finger and brush off.
It took less than a minute to pull into my driveway, jump out with Sweet Sade and run into the house, pull her collar off, and call the humane society who gave me the authority’s number and call for a welfare check.
At this moment I do not know what has happened, but I do hope in all humanity the dogs were confiscated and are still alive and no longer suffering.
It is very important to pay attention to the heat of the sun at all times during the year. Animals can die from heat stroke in a matter of moments; pant to the point of dry vomiting and die an un-godly death, just as children do when parents leave them in a hot car, then forget the child. Please be kind to your animals and please, if you see abuse, report it. Those screams of agony will never leave my ears. I am horrified at the cruelty.
What would you do?