Was it a case of “nothing to see here folks and let’s move on” when a young man at the Pebble Brook Apartments on Gustine Lane in Houston found the lifeless body of a black and white dog in a kennel cage tossed into a dumpster in the development? Although the Houston Police Department filled out a brief report of animal cruelty, there was to be no investigation, no questions asked of area residents nor any attempts to discover the identity of the dog whose life may have meant something to someone – somewhere.
On Tuesday afternoon, animal advocate, Erin Andrews posted the disturbing photo of a deceased dog left in a dumpster; thrown away as if he had been an old couch. On her Facebook page, Erin began:
“…I am not the one who initially found the dog, I am just the one taking further action on it because someone has to or else this type of thing will never change. I don’t find the actions of this poor dogs owner, actions of HPD (Houston Police Department) nor Animal Control to be acceptable, so I’m simply not accepting them. My heart goes out to the young man as well, who made the initial discovery as this is a terrible thing to witness, most definitely…”
When police and animal control arrived, both agencies declined to proceed with an investigation stating they didn’t know to whom the dog belonged. Perhaps what is shocking is no one claimed to have seen someone carrying a cage with a dead dog through the apartment parking lot and casually tossing the animal’s body into the trash? What did the dog die of, and were they natural causes or was he starved and tortured? Will that kind of animal cruelty could continue because authorities don’t want to bother? After all to many of them, it’s just a dog.
During Erin’s followup for more information with neighbors from the complex, one resident stated authorities said there was no proof that the dog wasn’t already dead when tossed into the dumpster, nor that the animal belonged to anyone living in the apartments. Animal Control allegedly told the resident that “100s of dogs are found like this every day in Houston, so basically get over it and move along.” At that point, police and animal control removed the dog and his crate from the dumpster – placing it on the lawn of the apartments. Several hours later, the maintenance department removed the dead dog and his crate.
“And yes, this poor boy did deserve better. I can only hope to give him some kind of justice for the disregard his disgusting owner has shown towards him by doing this.” posted Erin. “Even if all I can provide to the poor dog is a lot of people paying their respects to him on this post, at least he was not just discarded and forgotten about and at least his life mattered to someone, even if it did not matter to the one person it should have mattered to the most. At least there are some who cared and maybe somehow, some way, something good can come of this, even if it came too late for this poor boy. Even if no legal justice is served in the end, this is the least I can do for him is to try to right this wrong and to show that there are some who care and that his life did matter to us, even if not to others.”
Rest in peace sweet dog. Advocates have promised to continue their investigation. It is hoped there were surveillance cameras and clues to the dog’s identity and owner can be discovered. Be the voice for those who cannot speak.
(Photos of the dog found in dumpster courtesy of Erin Andrews Facebook page)
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