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They wont let a person know who filed a complaint? Because I just filed one on my neighbor who's relative or maid or whoever owns 2 chis. They've had them locked in a car for a week. I haven't seen them get taken out to play or to run, not sure if they get fed. If they do it's in the mornings then the rest of the day they're inside the car. At night too and it gets cold at night. They sleep under the car seats. It's been going on for a week. I called and filed a complaint so they would go check it out because I'd honestly feel better if they found out what's going on. I don't think it's fair to those little sweet dogs to be in a car day and night. It's just not right. I think I made the right call.
 

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I am glad you filed the complaint. I would call the police if they are still left in the car. That is just not right. I'm sure they are not going to say who complained. Please keep us posted on what happens.
 

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Is it possible it's a case of the owner being homeless? It wouldn't be the first time I've heard of someone living out of a car with their dog. Especially if they are a live-in maid it's possible that they don't have anywhere else to go (other living arrangements); perhaps your neighbor isn't allowing the dogs to be inside the house but the owner doesn't want to get rid of them? Maybe her previous arrangements fell through, whoever usually watches them is out of town or something?? Not that it justifies leaving them in the car or anything... just sometimes it's not out of deliberate cruelty that the owners would be doing that. It doesn't make it any better for the dogs; but if they ARE still being fed and let out it may just be her attempt to keep them safe until she is able to find them another home or something.
 

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I finally saw them, for the first time, let the dogs out to run and play while they cleaned out the car. I don't know if SEAACA gave them a warning but they seem to be doing a slightly better job. I never saw animal control arrive so I don't know what's up with that. I was thinking about the homeless situation but she stayed with them for a whole week without letting those poor things out to run and play or any of that. I was home for the entire week and I didn't see any interaction until yesterday. If they're some sort of Christmas present then that's a crappy way to keep them hidden. :/ I've noticed the car is no longer parked all night and it comes back in the mornings. So I HOPE that they got their act together. I don't normally like doing things like this to neighbors but that was just cruel.
 

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I think that if the weather gets hot you're legally allowed to break the car window in order to rescue a dog in distress. Don't quote me on that. I think I saw it on an episode of "What Would You Do?"

Why don't you approach them directly and just ask what the deal is? This is just me, but I wouldn't care if it was my neighbor. What are they going to do, be snippy at you every time you see them from afar? Be pissed at you for trying to make sure an animal is being properly taken care of?

Do you really interact with them at all? And do you really want to pretend to be friends with people like that anyway (assuming they are just being knowingly cruel)? And if they're just ignorant, then maybe you approaching them can be the open door to educating them. Maybe you can offer to dogsit or something, assuming you're able to do something like that. Being locked in a bathroom or laundry room would definitely be a step up from being locked in a car all day, imo.. not that either is a pleasant life.

People like that shouldn't own dogs, but even animal control will rarely take animals away unless they're showing signs of malnourishment or severe distress. Most of their actions are slaps on the wrist since if they seize the dogs they also have to pay to have them vetted and then keep them until they find new homes OR euthanize them. From what I've seen, they'll only do that if they think that the dog is in so much distress that it'd be worth it.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." I know it's scary and no one will blame you if you want to remain anonymous, but I think that all animals deserve to have someone step up and be their voice when they don't have one.
 
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