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<p>A fairly new friend of mine has a dog that I consider is being neglected.  She is a sweet young girl with two little boys, but obviously does not wear the pants in the family, has no income of her own, and really no control over the household.  They recently moved to new rental home, and the landlords said they could skip the pet deposit if they kept their dog outside.  Dog is super sweet and affectionate, a pit bull mix of some kind with a very short coat.  Temps here have been extremely cold for the last two weeks, with lows around 10-15 degrees f.  Dog is outdoors with no dog house.  They shelter her under the deck with justa couple of blankets and a piece of cardboard to sleep on.  She was shvering last time I saw her, and I am concerned that she will be seriously hurt or killed by this weather with her short coat.  I gave a couple of blankets and a dog bed for the dog last week, and rode friend's azz about bringing the dog in at night in this weather, even if she is in a bathroom or crate, at least she is warm.  She said she brought it up to husband and he blew up over it----  he has bought himslef a 3d tv and pool table this month, cost total about 2k, but he can't afford the pet deposit of 300 bucks so his dog doesn't suffer and lose her ears to frostbite.  A-hole!!!!!!!!!!!!!  But as I said, friend is on thin ice with her dh and doesn't have the place to demand I'm afraid.  I would steal her dog if I could, no lie, but my dog is not friendly, it's not possible.  Our friendship has cooled over this as I can't stand to see it, but I really want to help dog if I can.  Animal control is not going to help, the deck is "shelter" in their book.</p>
<p>I think dogs can live outside happily, but they at least need adequate dog houses for shelter, and this pup needs a sweater with her short coat.  Ugh, I can't stand this.</p>
 

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<p>I know it isn't your responsibility, but if it were me, I'd probably get the dog a house.  i'd try to find one on freecycle or craigslist.  but that is a sad situation.  i feel so bad for the dog and for your friend. </p>
 

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<p>I would try and convince her to turn the dog into rescue.  Honestly living outside is no life for a companion animal.  Some working dogs are fine with it as they have an actual job, but just sticking a dog outside...no</p>
 
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<p>I agree with giving the dog up. If you ever choose money over your pets, whether you have to or just decide to, it's a sign that you probably shouldn't have the pet in the first place. If her dh doesn't feel like paying a pet deposit, then it's time to give the dog up. And I dare say that even if the dog was allowed indoors, it doesn't sound like the man of the house would be a very loving companion. What if he decides he doesn't want to pay for dog food or a routine vet visit?</p>
 

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<p>I agree, they sound like they shouldn't really have a dog.  What's the point anyway if she's just sitting outside getting cold.  Look up the animal ordinances in your area, many places have provisions for adequate shelter, protection from the elements, etc.  I would report her to animal services if this is true for your area.  If it's not, I'd try to line up a home for her and convince your friend to give up the dog, play up the cost benefits of not having to pay for food and vet care - sounds like that is their main motivator in life anyway.  Ugh!</p>
 

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<p>Call AC on them or just take the dog while they are gone and drop off at AC as a stray.If they let it freeze over paying the deposit they really don't want the dog,and will probably be happy to see it is gone.</p>
 

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<p>Thanks for the thoughtful replies.  I am searching for doghouse for free to try to help dog.  I'm not going to go and steal dog as there is no way I could keep dog,  and as I said, animal control will only intervene in extreme situations.  I do not think it's right to take up their time with this when there are pets being abused much more profoundly than dog.  It just hurts my heart to see this, poor sweet cold girl.</p>
 

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<p>Do you have any organisations in your area , that could help with the situation , like get the owner a free dog-house or even help re-homing it ?</p>
<p>Maybe if somebody "official" shows up , her jerk of a husband may be a little more willing to do something ?</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>tonttu</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1285656/this-is-a-sad-story-how-can-i-help-my-friend-s-dog#post_16154443"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Do you have any organisations in your area , that could help with the situation , like get the owner a free dog-house or even help re-homing it ?</p>
<p>Maybe if somebody "official" shows up , her jerk of a husband may be a little more willing to do something ?</p>
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There is a pit rescue, but they keep themsleves busy trying to "rehab" fighters (which is stupid IMO).</p>
 

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<p>There is a pit rescue, but they keep themsleves busy trying to "rehab" fighters (which is stupid IMO).</p>
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Why is this stupid?  Fighters are usually dog aggressive, true, but many can be rehabbed and make wonderful pets.</p>
 

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<p>There are TONS of regular old just fine dogs that get passed by, that would take 1/100 of the effort to rehome.  That's why I think it's stupid.  Why put so much effort into an animal like that when you could save ten regular ones in the same time?</p>
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<p>As I said, that's just my opinion.</p>
 

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<p>Well, someone else should step up and rescue them...if a rescue group wants to focus their efforts on rehabbing fighters, good for them.  There are a ton of great dogs who get stuck in fighting rings too, and IMO its not fair to just give up on them because of their unfortunate circumstances.  </p>
 

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<p>There is a pit rescue, but they keep themsleves busy trying to "rehab" fighters (which is stupid IMO).</p>
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Why is this stupid?  Fighters are usually dog aggressive, true, but many can be rehabbed and make wonderful pets.</p>
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And this doesn't make any sense to me?  "Yeah, she's a great dog, I mean, she killed the neighbors cat last saturday, but she was abused you know."</p>
 

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<p>lots of dogs kill cats....even great family raised ones.  Nothing to do with fighting.  I guess I look at it as there are no perfect dogs, all dogs, yes all, have some sort of issue.  Its up to each person to decide what they can handle.  </p>
 
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