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left their little puppy behind by Missy (New Jersey) on February 28, 2012 @10:04

                              
I have a friend who is a landlord for several apartments and when one of her tenants were evicted they left their little puppy behind locked in the bathroom. Is there a time period for which they still have rights to abandoned property? Thank you

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Re: left their little puppy behind by Anonymous on February 28, 2012 @10:30 [ Reply ]
Did it have food and water?

When I was a tenant I had my whole place moved out, but still needed to be "cleaned". While getting my other place set up I left my cat in the apartment of which I was still paying for. Went by every night for three nights to feed and pet. (cats are different) Point was I wanted the furniture in its place and doors closed before I moved her.

Just a thought from the other side, I hope.
Re: left their little puppy behind by Micah on February 28, 2012 @10:53 [ Reply ]
It's not abandoned property, it's an abandoned/neglected/abused animal. Call animal control.
Re: left their little puppy behind by Susan on February 29, 2012 @09:06 [ Reply ]
If they were evicted, the poor animal probably WAS abandoned. First make sure the dog has food and water so it doesn't die or get sick right now. Then contact shelters. If it is a young puppy, it may have a chance of being adopted by a REAL family. Or someone who understands this dog's predicament might look to find a loving home for him on their own (through work, neighbors, posting ads at vets, etc.). Whatever you do, do not post an ad for the dog on Craiglist, or it may wind up with another crappy "family." Also do not post any "free puppy / free to good home" ads anywhere. Animal abusers often use these ads to acquire their prey.

Abandoning an animal is a crime. I cannot imagine that your friend would be required to leave the dog alone in the bathroom for any period of time at all before getting it the help it desperately needs. My aunt had a scumbag tenant abandon their cat on a balcony (didn't even bother to leave food or water); my aunt still has that cat years and years later, and the former tenants (who just moved out, were not evicted) have certainly never inquired about this innocent creature. I hope there is a special place in h*ll for people like this. And I hope this puppy gets a real home; as a puppy, s/he just might.

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