Five Starving Dogs Were Found Eating Their Own Feces in a Pleasant Grove Garage

Just before noon yesterday, police responded to an animal cruelty call in Pleasant Grove. The 911 caller reported that five dogs were being kept in cramped cages in the garage of the house at 10741 Kendall Square.

It was worse than that. To reach the dogs, officers had to wade through ankle-deep feces that blanketed the floor. The dogs were all malnourished, reduced to eating their own excrement. Three were stuffed inside a cage so small that their legs were atrophied and deformed.

Animal control officers came to seize the dogs, which was fine with the man who lives at the house. He told them that they had been left there by their owner eight months before and that he just hadn't felt like taking care of them. So he didn't.

No arrests were made, though a police report lists -- but doesn't name -- both the dogs' owner and the man living in the house as suspects. Investigation of animal cruelty is typically left up to animal control. Updates as they come.

On a less depressing note, CBS 11 has the story of a Dallas woman who was reunited with her chihuahua seven years after it escaped during a winter storm thanks to a microchip and the Dallas animal shelter.

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Anybody who has ever observed a dog knows that the use of the word "reduced" when describing them "eating their own excrement" is a mischaracterization.  For most dogs, their own excrement is part of their normal diet.  Dogs are "reduced" to eating their own poop much like I am "reduced" to eating Whataburger.

If there's cat excrement available, one might even say the dogs were "elevated."  To a dog, that's just about the best food option out there.  And if it happens to have some kitty litter coating, then all the better--gives it texture, don't you know.  Litter-encrusted kitty crunchies are to a dog like a pound of Pecan Lodge's wagyu brisket is to your average Texan.

observist topcommenter

"Pleasant Grove" really seems to be a misnomer.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

I'll never understand where the neighbors are in these cases.  Why can't they just give a call to APS?

Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Nice effort to sidetrack the issue - "Three were stuffed inside a cage so small that their legs were atrophied and deformed."

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@RTGolden1 So, you're calling for the genocide of cats.  I think that to be rather Hitlerian of you.

RTGolden1 topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz I'll remember you said that, and remind you of it at an appropriate time.  Thank you.And I'm not advocating for a genocide of anything.  I'm merely pointing out that some people see cats as an instrument of evil, destroying populations of other living beings, Assault Kitties, if you will, and think they need to be removed.

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