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Would you intervene if you saw an animal being abused?

Discussion in 'Dog Debates' started by Lillie May, Feb 7, 2016.

  1. Lillie May

    Lillie May Good Dog

    I know I would, in one form or another. First I'd call 911 to report it and stay on the phone until help arrived. What happens next would depend on if I were alone or have a dog with me.

    I have zero tolerance for such behavior, with a bad temper too. I wouldn't think twice about putting myself in harm's way to help the animal. I wouldn't do it if I had one of the dogs with me, because my instinct would be in protect mode of my dog.

    i know the pros and cons. I'm curious what you would do, along with your reasoning.
  2. Cofla

    Cofla Big Dog

    I would intervene, more or less the way you described.

  3. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Administrator

    Without a doubt, I would.
  4. GoingPostal

    GoingPostal Good Dog

    I would, but I know at least in my town the cops won't do anything, even show up. There was a guy that several people had seen abusing his dogs openly and reported (including me) and even with the local humane society involved they wouldn't do anything. A friend of ours called the cops because his neighbor was beating their husky with a 2x4-to punish the dog for chewing on it and they wouldn't do anything then either. We have animal laws on the books but they are never enforced in any manner that I've seen.
  5. steve07

    steve07 Good Dog Premium Member

    I would. First I would call an ACO from the shelter I volunteer at then get right out and confront the person and see what happens from there
  6. leavesofjoy

    leavesofjoy Big Dog Premium Member

    I have, and I always will. Call 911 first, try to get anyone else around in on the intervention with me, and just do whatever I can to stop it. I believe some things are everyone's business, and I was taught from a young age that helping animals whenever they need it is our duty as humans.

  7. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Lillie May, I would do what you said too. I have seen on my own block thT they will not do much. My neighbor was seen kicking his bully mixes. My other neighbor called 911. Someone came out to follow up on the case and slap his wrist. We were really disappointed.
  8. Lillie May

    Lillie May Good Dog

    Oh hell no! I would literally "Go Postal!", making a scene. I'd have someone film it, put it up on social media, contact the DA, Mayor, newspaper, & local tv. If you call on the elected officials and they won't correct it, call them out on it in public. Contact the State Attorney to let them know animal abusers are getting away with it in your town! Elected Officials really don't like it when it becomes public knowledge via news reports that they are not doing what they were elected to do. That includes LEO's. How do the people in your town feel about it? Because I'm pissed off for you!
  9. FetchingInTheRain

    FetchingInTheRain Little Dog Premium Member

    I sure as hell would intervene like steve said, call the authorities and let them know of the situation and then I'd go and see what their problem is and if I can get the owner to give the dog up and get it into a better place and wait for authorities to handle it from there. It also depends on the dogs situation. If the dog was in a life threatening situation,starving to death, being hit to unconsciousness then I'd most likely jump in immediately and call authorities after the fact. If the police/justice did not respond as said above...don't even want to think about what I and other citizens would do!
  10. catchrcall

    catchrcall Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Depends on the circumstances and what you consider abuse.
  11. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Administrator

    Good point.

    What does everyone consider abuse that would require intervention?
  12. steve07

    steve07 Good Dog Premium Member

    I would guess everyone is different on this topic. Me personally would be neglect,malnourished, and if I physically saw abuse like hitting punching. Although some people play rough with there dogs but if u have some commen sense u should be able to tell playing and beating. Again this is just MO
  13. FetchingInTheRain

    FetchingInTheRain Little Dog Premium Member

    abuse that requires intervention IMO is from verbally screaming at the dog to the point that the dog is laying flat tail tucked or to the point where the dog is being physically harmed or starved. I am not aware of a form of abuse that doesn't require intervention, if you are simply telling someone how to properly treat a dog its nonetheless intervening.
  14. Lillie May

    Lillie May Good Dog

    For me it's physical abuse, torturous things, and flat out neglect. I'm not talking about those who leave their dogs outside, but take care of them. I mean the ones who chain a dog to a tree with no shelter from the elements, and rarely, if ever, bother to feed and water them.

    Beating a dog with a 2 x 4, kicking the shit out of a dog, throwing a dog down from over the person's head. Violence that if it were done to a human, would land them in jail. Setting animals on fire, hanging them from a tree, that list is endless.

    These miscreants are dangerous on so many levels. There are at least 4 different categories they fall into. That's why there's laws on the books. A slap on the wrist just doesn't cut it!
  15. fandt94

    fandt94 Little Dog Premium Member

    Reminds me of a recent situation that went viral near Chicago with the 18 yr old who lured an outdoor cat to his patio door and dumped boiling water on it...it was filmed and put on social media. Thousands shared and made complaints, even went searching for the cat. I believe a lady also saw it happen firsthand and called authorities. At least that situation turned out well, the cat was found alive and in pain and will be up for adoption when it is healed and the jerk off is facing charges!
  16. colleengmz

    colleengmz Puppy

    I would but probably not personally unless the animal was in immediate danger. I would call police because you just don't know what some idiot might do if they knew you reported them. But if the pet was in immediate danger of course I would do whatever I could to save him/her!
  17. ETRaven

    ETRaven Little Dog

    I've seen what I consider abusive "training" at some events I've gone to. In those circumstances I just shake my head. However, I'm not a big believer in positive punishment-type training, so take that with a grain of salt. Some may be more tolerant of seeing it happen than I.

    If I saw a dog being beaten with a 2x4, belt, broom, whatever, I'd intervene. If I had Raven and/or kids with me, I'd call the authorities, but if not I think I would try to get the person to calm down and possibly talk to them about better methods of punishment and training. I've actually done this before in a store where a pup had peed and owner was rubbing pup's nose in it while simultaneously spanking pup on the hind. I started off by saying, "oh that's frustrating" and then asked how old the pup was and made chit-chat. Once I diffused the owner, I was able to give her house-breaking tips that I felt were less adverse and reminded her that even though her pup was big, he still had the mentality of a baby. I think and hope that she took my advice and started practicing more positive ways of training.

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