This is the dog in Somerset. He was out all over winter, he
couldn't even get into that kennel at times because the chain got caught up so
was too short.
In her last email, the elderly neighbour said:
change. I have found out that he is never let off his chain, the chain is merely
shortened and lengthened depending upon whether the owner is there or not. The
dog is left alone for at least 98% of the time. He does now have a very thin
old, what looks like a blanket, in his kennel. He has lost weight; he is still
friendly but longing for more than just a bone and a hug. No one else will go
near him thinking he’s a dangerous dog, which very evidently is not. He needs a
good home more than ever.'
During the worst of the weather, the idiot
owner was away for days and if it hadn't of been for the elderly neighbour he
would have had no food or water.
The owner of the land (not the owner of
the dog) where the caravan is parked, has a conviction for animal cruelty -
nasty piece of work.
Please publish and maybe someone will help this poor
There is a German Shepherd across
the road in an old farmyard chained up to a caravan for more than 12 hours a
day, seven days a week. His owner lives in the caravan, but is out working all
day. The dog gets very little, if any, exercise, and that exercise consists of
chasing a stone kicked by his owner for about ten minutes. The chain is attached
to the underside of the caravan and is not long enough for the dog to even get
into his kennel, so if it rains he has to shelter under the caravan. It's all on
concrete. His water bucket, more often than not, is full of algae. He is only
about two years old and used to bark all night long, but seems much more subdued
these days. I try to go and see him when I can, but can't take him off the chain
nor walk him, and anyway he is too strong for me. He cries when his owner leaves
him and when I leave him. He is a lovely dog and not, as the owner of the farm
says, a dangerous dog; however, in time with boredom and loneliness and lack of
exercise he will become a dangerous dog.
I have told the RSPCA about him,
but they will not do anything. I just do not know what to do about him. He is
not exactly ill-treated by his owner, who would not want to lose him, but the
dog is leading such an awful life I feel there must be something that could be
done to rescue him. If you have any suggestions or can do anything, then I would
be very grateful.
Yours in hope,
Jane P. Craig
Cottages, Lamyatt, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 6NL
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