When is it appropriate to call the spcaLA
May 13, 2012 11:33 PM Subscribe
At what point is it reasonable to get involved and call spcaLA, especially if the information is secondhand? All the troubling details inside.
posted by katemcd to human relations (18 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This evening, a dog in my small apartment complex was barking for well over an hour to the point that a few of us had gathered outside of the apartment wondering if something was really wrong inside (like a slip & fall). As we were musing about what to do, the tenant came home, and it turned out it wasn't her dog, but actually another tenant's dog, L. These other tenants left town, across the country to go to a wedding, & made absolutely no arrangements for their dog's care. They texted the good Samaritan tenant at midnight last night and asked her to look in on the dog, who had been alone for 3-4 days. Oh yeah, and they left the heat on at 78 degrees. It is May in Southern California, and, when enclosed, the apartments in our building get particularly stuffy and hot without any form of climate control. Good Samaritan found the dog lethargic, dehydrated, & refusing to eat. He seemed much improved tonight, but was (understandably) very barky & distressed. They are scheduled to return tomorrow afternoon. If they left town due to an emergency or their original pet care plans fell through, I'd be far more understanding, but that is not the case. Also, this is apparently the second time they did this, but the first time good Samaritan was out of town, so I have no idea how they resolved the dog's care. Being an animal lover and, I'd like to think, a decent human being, I find this abhorrent. If these tenants were dealing with me directly, I do not think I would hesitate to call the SPCA, but all of this is secondhand. Is it my place to call? It is my moral obligation? Complicating things is if I did call, my guess is that the negligent tenants would assume good Samaritan dropped the dime, which would put her in an awkward position. They cross paths all the time. I barely see them or the good Samaritan. Also, except for this bizarre ditching the dog to vacation behavior, L appears well taken care of (fed, clean, almost always has constant company). So, do I call or just let it go and silently judge unless it happens again? I guess the third option is to say something to them when they return, but I'm not great at confrontation in the best of circumstances & right now, I'm not in a good way and have no local support system, so I'm not confident on my ability to follow through with a one-on-one interaction.