This is a bit of a rant, but I need to get it off my chest.
We found out today that a neighbour was taken into hospital yesterday afternoon, but it is unclear exactly why as she is a heavy drinker and smoker, and also has an array of medical issues. On top of that, she does not have a good relationship with any of her neighbours, including us, although we are sorry to hear she is poorly. The problem is her dog.
We have had ‘dealings’ with her dog, in that it barks at night when she forgets to let him in, and he also makes a row of deposits when passing which she rarely clears up. She has no family local, and although a friend has a key, they are not in a position to look after her dog, even though they did some some years ago.
So the situation is that the lady is in hospital and will be some time apparently, and the dog is in the house on its own.
The dog is elderly, not house trained or neutered, and does not get on well with other dogs.
There is no-one to look after it.
As we understand it, the hospital should be aware of this as notified to them by the ambulance crew who took her in, and have contacts for such scenarios and animal welfare.
The friend has been left holding not only the keys, but responsibility for sorting out the dog. This is not right. Phone calls to the local police and RSPCA were basically a matter of various holding times, options and no support, and boarding kennels would not take him not only because they want £15 a night, but he hasn’t had his vaccinations for years.
The local animal rescue have not responded to a message left for assistance, but a call to the hospital to enquire as to the lady’s status resulted in a nurse saying she would contact their support agencies and get something sorted.
Except that person cannot find anywhere to take the dog. The RSPCA did say that should the dog be left on its own for 24 hours, then they would become involved. This looks like it will be the solution if the matter can’t be resolved today.
I know what you’re thinking.
As dog lovers looking for another dog, why don’t we offer to take him.
If we knew the neighbour better, perhaps, but we don’t and our interaction with her has not been ‘comfortable’ and amounts to three encounters in the four years we’ve been here.
If we knew the dog and the dog knew us, perhaps. We don’t even know his name.
He is not house trained, and we will not allow our home to be a canine toilet. By all accounts her home is in a disgusting mess, which of course is not the dog’s fault, but if that is what it’s used to, can you imagine how it would act elsewhere?
But most importantly and above all else, we have so many commitments with our own health matters, we couldn’t, even if we wanted to.