Dog trapped in apartment for days after locks changed by landlord

Landlord changed locks – left family’s dog trapped in cage for two days

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An outraged dog owner in Brooklyn, New York, claims that his landlord changed the locks on his residence while his dog was trapped inside, in a cage. According to Thursday’s New York Post, 26-year-old Kevin Tamayo claims that his landlord’s actions resulted in his two-year-old dog, “Tori,” being left without food or water, or the ability to roam, for two days.

Tamayo was evicted from his apartment in Crown Heights on Tuesday – his family was away from home when the landlord allegedly had the locks changed, leaving Tori inside of her crate. He told The Post how his dog desperately tried to get free, “Look at her head — she has marks where she was trying to get her face out of the cage.”

Tori was left inside of the cage until Tamayo was able to get a court order to get back inside of the apartment to retrieve her. By the time that Tori was freed and was able to relieve herself, it became apparent that she was so hungry that she had resorted to eating some of her toys.

Tamayo is devastated that his dog suffered alone – Scott Rosenthal, the landlord, is not commenting on the situation aside from his lawyer’s statement that the “matter was resolved in court.”

(Family photo via screenshot from New York Post)

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25 replies
  1. Linda Szymoniak says:

    If the landlord was told about the dog but did not either bring the dog out for the guy, or let the guy go in to get her, the landlord should be charged with animal cruelty. Period. This guy should file a civil suit against the landlord. Glad the dog is okay and hope they find a new place to stay.

    • ellen cottone says:

      I do not believe the land Lord allowed the dog to suffer.
      I believe the landlord took care of the dog for 2 days.
      I do not believe the family are fit to own this dog.

      • rieann says:

        people hurt and kill animals everyday why is it hard to believe a landlord would do that? if it is true and the landlord did it he should be charged if it isnt true and it really was done by the owner well get the dog away from them and charge him

      • e says:

        a NYC landlord has to abide carefully and within the law
        This is Brooklyn not bum fuk Tennessee.

        the landlord didn’t lock the family out of the apt a sheriff did. its against the law for a landlord to lock out a tenant even if he hasent paid rent in a year.
        sheriff and landlord both had to do a walk thru and are aware of the dog so now a local shelter also is aware of emanate rescue or seizure.
        you may have it wrong compleatly. it may be the owner ignored the document to get your possessions and dog.
        because the dog owners are the bad guys here.
        people hurt and kill animals every day you say!? Sorry but land lords in NYC do not . Every NYC landlord has to calculate abandoned and mistreated animals left behind every day of there lives. they know the game and work with police and rescue.

        why would you believe some story told by a neglectful dog owner? do you really think the homeless, jobless man in this picture will have the grounds for a civil suit? He would have to explain himself first.

      • linda says:

        e I can only comment that in my state once the landlord/landlady wins the eviction notice against the tenant he/she must be accompanied with the sheriff to change the locks. They may enter the apartment. The question is did they? If they did and noticed the dog. The tenant should have been notified that locks were changed. It happened to an acquaintance of a family member of mine. Personal items are one thing, but, pets are a different issue. I would hope that if the sheriff observed the dog in the apt. he also should have notified the former tenants.

      • linda says:

        ellen, hello. When two parties are involved in any given situation we may never know the full extent of the story since things are at times are not what they seem. It’s always hard to figure them out unless those are truly honest.

      • ellen cottone says:

        Exactly Linda!
        the intrigue of big city living. And the 2 way street.
        Then the story is lifted and loosely portrayed on some metro TV police drama.
        oh noooo, Brace your self,
        Real life tv is going to try and make us learn a lesson.!!

      • linda says:

        ellen Thank you for responding. It takes me to think, relax about my thoughts before commenting. I give kudos to your comments. If we do disagree I hope we can be fair and understanding in our opinions.

      • ellen cottone says:

        You know it friend!!
        Its part of the fun,
        and it enriches my data base.
        but Linda ,
        im watching the jose/maria combo headed your way for a New England, hurricane smack down,
        time to get the mice, get the cats get Helen, the small dogs and the goats and caravan with bed rolls and supplies.
        march up wood to the high lands. praying for you all.

      • Star Shelley says:

        Ms. Cotton, how can you in your mind think the landlord did not cause that poor soul to suffer in a cage for two days. What world do you live in? That is animal abuse. May be someone should put you in a cage with no water or food for two days, see how you like it. Your are one crazy human without any compassion for animals.

  2. ellen cottone says:

    I’m sorry why had the landlord changed the locks?
    And why when the landlord was called about dog trapped inside was the door not opened?
    why any of it?

  3. Nancy Raymond says:

    This so called ‘landlord’ should be locked in a damn cage – his actions were so cruel and uncalled for yet he decided to punish an innocent animal for his irresponsibility and lack of humanity – Tori’s owner had to get a court order to get her out – this is despicable. This piece of shit landlord should be in jail for their cruelty.

  4. Barkley's Mom says:

    This is terrible, ok, so the landlord evicted the guy but you don’t hold the dog hostage when he is in there without food or water and locked in a crate! The landlord needs to be charged with animal cruelty. Poor Tori, I can’t image what the poor girl went through, as did her owner Mr. Tamayo

  5. Adrienne says:

    Landlord should have given the dog back to the owner. You mean to tell me he never heard a dog barking when he changed the locks and never thought to at least contact the family? He should suffer the same that he allowed the dog to go through. A civil suit should be filed against this scum of a landlord.

  6. Barbara Cordon says:

    I agree the landlord should be brought up on animal cruelty charges. He knew the tenant had a dog and when he changed the locks did nothing to get the dog out. Why didnt the landlord let him go back inside when he found out that his dog was still in there. What a scum bag. I hope the district attorney will bring him up on charges

  7. Bunny Peters says:

    I don’t think we have all the facts.

    In CA, the evicted resident does lose their “instant access” to the home. On the eviction date, the sheriff escorts the resident from the dwelling. The onsite property manager has the locks rekeyed at this tims.

    Before that eviction date, the resident is presumed to have been moving their pets and possessions elsewhere.

    If there are still possessions remaining in the dwelling after the eviction date, the (now former) resident is allowed to retrieve whatever s/he wants by appointment with the onsite property manager. It may take several appointments over a 1-2 week timetable for this to happen.

    Not sure about NY eviction laws, but I would think they are similar…..

    It IS unconscionable in ANY US state to leave an animal locked in a cage to starve……

    • linda says:

      Pamela I am in a quandary about this story. When they changed the locks one would think they did a walk through for any damage and take pictures in case of damage. If they did a walk through which if I was that landlord with the sheriff I would have done. When seeing a dog in a cage would not one notify the former tenants and remove the dog and bring it to a shelter?

  8. susispot says:

    I’m glad the man and his dog are back together. But the pet owner was evicted. I would suggest he pay his rent to guarantee his dog’s safety. The landlord is a douchbag for not giving the dog to the man right away. Afterall the dog is smelling up the apartment since she is not getting walked. Kind of a catch 22..or….(karma landlord). I do agree that the landlord is guilty of abuse and should be charged. I’m sorry Tori was a victim, made to suffer, because of two dopes.

    • tina says:

      He did pay the arrears of the rent that was in dispute and was allowed to get his dog. My concerns are did the landlord and the sheriff do a walk through and see the dog. If so why did they not notify the tenants to retrieve the dog? This we will never know. The landlord I’m sure after getting permission to get a new lock with the sheriff being with him must have gone into the apt. to check out any damages and to scope out any personal belongings that he could end up owning if the former tenants did not pay for back rent.

  9. Pamela Bolton says:

    That landlord would be in court if it was me. This was intentional abuse of the dog. All he was interested in was money. Hit him in the pocket. Some landlords are sub human.


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