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Please help me with this...animal abuse case.

As much as I hate this, I have to cut this long story short, but I really need some feedback ASAP, so better brief than not at all.

I have a neighbor. She's notorious for getting dogs and starving them to near death and she uses the excuse that she adopted a "sick dog", which is B.S. The last one, a beautiful white German Shepherd, my mom and I managed to be "neighborly" and ease our way into taking care of her. Walking her, feeding her, loving her. I guess my neighbor got sick of having a HEALTHY dog and ended up giving her away, which we considered a blessing.

Two weeks later, she brings home a new dog (that looks exactly like my dog, Fiona). When I first seen the new dog, she was healthy, about the same size and weight as Fiona. Not anymore. This dog is so sick, her hair is falling out, her haunches are caved in, she can barely stand. When she does, she sways like she's dizzy. She is outside and tied up 24/7; she has no shelter at all, so she's in full exposure to the wind and rain and it's getting into frost season here. I'm so scared for her. She barks herself hoarse most of the time and I can hear her all day and most of the night. It breaks my heart.

I can't take this anymore. This woman is not going to stop and this has gone far beyond the point of being "neighborly" to try to do something about. I was *told* by the Sheriff's office that there is no division in the county I live in that will help in animal abuse cases, which is even MORE B.S. because...I don't know, I think there is, I just don't think that animal abuse is the big of a deal here given that it's a small town in the mountains of Georgia. I'm getting the run around!! The only other local option would be to call animal control and since the animal shelter had to be closed down due to a parvo outbreak and given the condition this dog is in, she would most likely be put down, no questions asked.

Is there ANY organization that I can contact to help me with this? I don't want to see this dog starved to death. It's tearing me and my mom apart. I have photographs, which I took yesterday when I snuck it food.

Please, please, please help me with this. I can't stand this and I certainly don't want this dog to suffer the way it is. I need someone's help, please. I live in Georgia, if anyone knows of an organization I can contact. Again, I have pictures.

Please, please, please help. I need some advice; I'm so scared for her.

call peta right now...757-622-7382, extension 2. they will help you.

Otherwise, start googling animal rescue groups in your area to see if they have an open home some where  for this dog to be fostered. While I wont openly suggest you STEAL the dog, I advise you to do whatever it takes to get the dog out of a dangerous situation. Keep sneaking it food too.

Thats sucks that the humane society in you area is closed right now. How maddening! I would also suggest you contact the animal leagal defense fund ( to find a way to get this lady form being able to own animals anymore. I get that she probally really does want o help animals, but she is not doing it...maybe it would be better for her to volunteer at an animal related charity than to have animals rely on her for care 24/7.

Frustrating situation...and very sad.


people like this make me so sick and angry.

Okay, I just KNOW there are resources available in this state to take care of abused/neglected animals and their offending "owners," but I'm still new here and don't really know where to look...

a former VW regular by the name of "Davedrum" used to live in North GA, and he dealt with stuff like this all the time...I know he'd be able and more than willing to help you out. He has posted his email publicly several times here and other places online, so I'm going to assume it's okay for me to put this here: eval(unescape('%64%6f%63%75%6d%65%6e%74%2e%77%72%69%74%65%28%27%3c%61%20%68%72%65%66%3d%22%6d%61%69%6c%74%6f%3a%73%74%61%72%73%68%69%6e%65%72%31%32%33%40%79%61%68%6f%6f%2e%63%6f%6d%22%3e%73%74%61%72%73%68%69%6e%65%72%31%32%33%40%79%61%68%6f%6f%2e%63%6f%6d%3c%2f%61%3e%27%29%3b'))

I hope this helps....


my neighbor did this. I stole her kitten and it is living happily with my other cats.  She hasn't asked about it once, and it's been over a week. 

but then again, i've always been a bot of a rogue =-)


what happened with this?


Thank you all for the suggestions and the numbers. I've written them all down and I'm keeping them on hand. I thank you all so much. VHZ for the Peta contact, C_W for the North GA contact (I'm going to e-mail him after this), mdvegan for the ALDF website. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

It's hard to say how this has turned out because the dog has disappeared. I don't know what the bitch (excuse the language) has done with her, but she's not outside tied up on the chain anymore. She went "missing" on Saturday and I haven't seen or heard her since. I don't know if my neighbor caught word that we were on to her or what, but the dog is nowhere on the property anymore. This absolutely confuses me and I don't even know what to say about this because how can a dog just disappear?? I've been keeping a hardcore watch on this place for days and I didn't even see the witch come or go except for when she left/came home from work, so whatever she did with the dog, she must have done it at night. I know she didn't give the dog away (nobody's been by and she hasn't drove past with it in her truck), I know she couldn't have taken it to the animal shelter (they're still closed and I called to confirm that fact), and I know it's not tied up somewhere else on the property (I thought that maybe she moved the dog to the front of her house, but I went "walking" the on Sunday morning and didn't see anything).

My only thought is that she has either locked the dog in the old shed behind her house and is STILL abusing it, she drove it somewhere and dropped it off on Friday night, or even worse, God help me, she went ahead and killed it.

Both my mom and I have fell into a depression over this. We have both been sitting up together until 3-4 AM because we can't sleep and we have both been unable to eat. My mom is doing better now...I was sitting up alone this morning. So I'm afraid to tell her that it's far from over. I'm going to find out what happened to this dog. I don't care if I have to trespass and break the locks on that shed door to confirm that it's not in there or what. My mom says that we just have to watch out and see if she gets another animal and keep an eye on it. NO, that's not ENOUGH anymore. I've never been a violent person at all, but I really want to rip this woman's head off.

I don't know. I'm so confused! But now I have resources, thanks to you all, and I might be able to do something...anything...even if I can't find the dog, maybe I can get in touch with ALDF to make sure that she doesn't get another animal to abuse. I still have the pictures of her first dog and this dog that I can't find.

I just don't know what to do. I don't want to let it go because I feel like maybe I can find it and still save it.

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