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Old 02-16-2010, 12:40 PM
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the police officer told you to mind your own business????????

Wonder if they woulda told you to mind your own business if you said it was a child out freezing on the balcony. How the heck is it any different?

You def did the right thing
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Old 02-16-2010, 12:49 PM
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I agree.

Yup...no one has any business telling you to mind your own business. It is your business! You care about another living being and that makes it your business. I would have called the authorities too. That is just wrong to leave a dog in that kind of situation. Cruel, neglectful and shows indifference to a living creature. And for that person to take that stance with you shows that he/she has little empathy for an innocent animal, dependent on humans for it's well being. I hope something will be done about that poor pup.
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Old 02-16-2010, 01:48 PM
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unless it was below zero, I would have minded my own business. If it was 30-40 a dog can be out there for hours with no problems at all, especially a lab.
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Old 02-16-2010, 01:49 PM
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You did the right thing and I would have asked for that officer's superior! If he refused to transfer you, my next words would have been, "Then we'll see if the local news stations think I should mind my own business about a neglected animal, too."
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Old 02-16-2010, 01:57 PM
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unless it was below zero, I would have minded my own business. If it was 30-40 a dog can be out there for hours with no problems at all, especially a lab.
WIth no shelter on a second floor are you serious? I know dogs that would jump to try to get to something warmer. 40 degrees would be uncomfortable but I doubt I would call. but 0? 10 degrees? IF it were that cold there is no way I could stand to see a dog out there for hours with nothing.
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Old 02-16-2010, 02:02 PM
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I hardly believe that a lab is going to be so desperate after 2 hours in temps that are more than comfortable for them, unless it was below freezing,that it is going to jump a 3 foot rail from the 2nd story to find something warmer. and YES i am serious.
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Old 02-16-2010, 02:12 PM
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Well, he might not care about the temperature, but I'd be more worried about stupid puppy/teenage brains... I don't see him jumping to find something warmer but I DO see him jumping to chase whatever critter he might see on the ground...
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I hardly believe that a lab is going to be so desperate after 2 hours in temps that are more than comfortable for them, unless it was below freezing,that it is going to jump a 3 foot rail from the 2nd story to find something warmer. and YES i am serious.

He is only a 9 to 10 month old lab pup. His coat isnt very thick, as a matter of fact his coat is almost sparse. I have seen labs with ultra thick coats as I know they are hunting dogs and water retrievers so they have the extra protection. This guy is young and his coat is thin, I also have a friend with a yellow lab who has a thin coat. I don't know.....And it was only around 19 degrees the other morning. It didn't warm up until later in the day. Either way it is no place for a dog to hang out, a second floor balcony with 3 ft. rails. I would NEVER leave my dog out there unsupervised! As for the police officer....he wasn't the one telling me to mind my own business. It was neighbors around the area. Too many people turn a blind eye and I ain't one of them!! Thanks for all who told me I did the right thing
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Old 02-16-2010, 03:38 PM
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It's not just about temperature. There was no shelter, no water and a not very high iron railing on a 2nd story balcony. In many places, leaving a dog unattended outside with no water and no shelter is illegal...for good reason. That's no way to leave a puppy.

Even though Labs are notoriously hardy in the cold, wind is hard on a dog. This dog, too, was shaking. It was either cold or frightened.

I hope this doesn't continue.
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Old 02-16-2010, 03:44 PM
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My son fell off of a second story balcony as an adult and broke his pelvis. A lab that age is capable of anything. I wouldn't want one out there without supervision let alone by themselves.

As to the cold...it reminds me of a conversation I had with Jim one winter day.

THe dogs are cold.

THose dog's aren't cold...look at them running around.

Gee Jim...lets see how long you stand still in your skivvies out there.

AT least they could run around to warm themselves..no running around on a balcony. THE wind is greater too the higher you go.
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