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What To Do If It Seems a Dog In My Care is Neglected?

asked 2015-05-28 20:13:53 -0500

Hi, I'm watching a large pitbull, and it seems to me that the owner doesn't take correct care of him. His food is stale, he refuses to eat it, but destroys my puppy's food like he's never seen a meal. He acts like he's being abused/beaten, any time i pick anything up off a counter or any solid object at all, he flinches, and runs away. Granted, he's deaf, but a 100lb pitbull should not be acting like a gatorade bottle scares him. He also won't eat out of his bowl, he flinches when i put it down, he'll only eat out of my fiancee's hands. His owner has claimed to have had him since he was a newborn puppy, so he's had no other owners, he's 2.5 years old.

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answered 2015-06-02 16:49:32 -0500

As a dog care provider we encourage sitters to always address animal care and concerns up front with owners first. If you believe that the dog is not being treated well and abuse is a possibility, you can always contact your local animal care authorities. Always know Rover is here to support you as well with a 24-hour support line and a Trust & Safety team which can help during difficult situations.
Amber -- Rover.com Employee

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answered 2015-05-30 10:24:05 -0500

I would contact Rover and tell them what's going on, they might be able to direct you to the correct people to call. Someone posted a similar post one time and they called Rover but Rover did not consider that specific issue abuse (their crate was the closet.) Did you ask the owners why he is so afraid? I would ask and if their answer is not satisfactory then I would proceed with Rover and calling local authorities. Let us know what happens.

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answered 2015-05-29 09:22:08 -0500

Find out who is responsible for investigating and enforcing the anti-cruelty codes in your town, county or state. This might include your local humane organization, animal control agency, taxpayer-funded animal shelter or police precinct.

Provide a detailed report. When reporting animal cruelty, it is best to give a concise statement about what you’ve witnessed or suspect. Include photos if at all possible. Don’t forget to include dates, times, and as many details as you can in your report. Keep copies for your own records and take notes!

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