Dog Left at Unoccupied House, City Advised to Do Nothing
A dog is left caged behind an unoccupied house and the city’s attorney says to leave it?? Sorry, but it sounds to me like there is something seriously wrong with this scenario. Two City Councilmen, Keith Soderquist and Rick Long, feel that action needs to be taken immediately and I have to agree.
The house located at 26 E. 36th Place, Lake Station, IN, is currently up for sale due to delinquent taxes. The owners, Juan and Maria Giro, do not live at the house. The owner only makes ‘sporadic appearances’ as per a neighbor. Care of the dog is left up to family members or neighbors.
Is it just me or are you seeing a problem with this??
“In my mind this is a no-brainer. It’s neglect of an animal and relying on a neighbor to take care of it. … Then we find that the house is up for sale because of delinquent taxes. That supports our ideas and efforts that no one is living there and no one will be living there,” Soderquist said.
“I feel our animal control and lawyers are wrong. The dog is suffering. … It’s a shame,” Long said at at the June 7 City Council meeting.
Lake Station Animal Control Officer John Grinder IV, who earlier this year was bitten by the dog, said there is little he can do since he was advised by the city’s attorney not to remove the animal.
He said he does check on the animal’s welfare on a daily basis and it appears to be in good condition.
Tim Bianco, who serves as assistant city attorney, confirmed it is his legal opinion that the dog should not be removed at this time.
He said he would further research the case, but he will proceed with caution since the house still is under its present ownership until the building is sold at a tax sale.
“Obviously I’ll take a look at it. It’s not abandoned yet,” Bianco said, in reference to the house.
Lou Wheeler, who lives in a house across the street from the unoccupied house, said it’s his understanding the house was bought by its owners with the intent to remodel it.
Then, once remodeled, the owner of the dog, who is a relative of the house owners, could move in, he said. (NWI Times)
Someone’s got their priorities wrong here. How can this not be a case of neglect and abuse? I understand that legalities need to be followed but when a dog is locked in a cage and left at an unoccupied house, its very survival dependent on anyone who cares enough to provide it with food and water, how can this be construed as legal? C’mon people, get it together here!!
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