No help from police as Bear the dog left in flooded kennel for days

In Blue Springs, Missouri, a dog named Bear languished in his flooded kennel enclosure for three days, and according to the neighbor, the Blue Springs Police Department would not remove the dog from his pen.

According to the Facebook page, the Blue Springs Police Department issued a statement that an investigation was underway.

“We are currently investigating a situation of animal abuse in Blue Springs and will continue to monitor the dog’s well being. A citation was issued to the owner and the dog is inside the house out of the elements. There was an accessible doghouse for the canine to enter that was dry at the time the Animal Control Officer was on scene. We will continue to monitor the situation.”

A video posted on social media by Samantha Sell, however showed the dog wading in muddy waters above his paws with no place to even lie down.

My daughter Sami Rae just posted this on Snapchat…. someone out there can do something. I know a lot of Blue Springs people. SAVE THIS DOG #BlueSpringspolice #BlueSpringsanimalshelter

Posted by Jerri Graham Sell on Tuesday, October 9, 2018

“He has been sitting – standing actually – in water for three days with his dirty water bowl full of mud,” a woman stated in one of the videos. “He has been whining, he’s been crying, barking every single day and these people still won’t do anything about it.”

And when an Animal Control officer was called to the home to investigate Bear’s plight, she explained her authority was limited and she was not able to rescue Bear out of his enclosure. In Missouri, in order for police to seize a dog, they must have a warrant.

Just hours after the videos went viral however, Bear’s situation may have started to improve as public pressure and outrage grew.

“The owner was issued a citation and ordered to remove the standing water in the outdoor run and bring the dog inside for the night. The owner complied and this was completed at about 6:30 p.m. on October 9,” police posted on social media.

The police later had more information and posted photos of the dog house and kennel which showed a dog house, but by the time they took the photos, the flood in his shelter had receded.

“While it was difficult to see in the original video, the entrance to the dog house was about 8 inches above the floor of the outdoor dog run, which allowed the dog to seek elevated and dry shelter from the elements.

We have checked on the dog and spoken to the owner this morning and we will continue to do so to ensure its future well-being, especially during inclement weather events. We certainly do not want to see any dog or animal suffer and we will do what we can, legally, to ensure the safety and protection of all animals within our City.”

A petition to Let’s Save Bear the Dog can be followed here.

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6 replies
  1. Adrienne says:

    So, the owners were home and didn’t hear the dogs cries and whining in the pouring rain? Big deal, a dog house 8 inches above the water which is not much if you have a foot or two of rain/hurricane. Why have a dog if you can’t think to bring him inside in weather like this. Hope the police keep and eye on this dog and these people. Does not sound like a good place for this dog if the owners need to be told to bring their dog inside.

  2. Jo says:

    All the people who should’ve helped but didn’t should all be in an heavily flooded enclosure for several weeks so they can personally experience what this poor pup had to endure! Make sure only muddy water to access to drink! Disgusting stupid people!!

  3. Dalma Bugg says:

    This poor dog needs to be rehomed to where he’ll be loved and cared for and would therefore be protected from the elements by people who will not leave him as last on heir list of priorities, but think about what dogs need from us.

  4. Denise Moore says:

    The owner is so ignorant they built his cage in the path of any water. What is the point owning a dog you never care for and allow to languish in unhealthy conditions? What kind of laws does Missouri have that doesn’t allow an officer to remove a pet? Come on folks where is the humanity?

  5. Dalma. Bugg says:

    You know, I’m starting the think there’s been spine kind of mutation happening – the last couple of generations of people don’t have any trace of humanity except in appearance – pity cas we could at least recognise them if they looked a bit different, like bug lop ears or something. Seriously, something has definitely gone amiss with humanity but then some of the older nes are just as bad. Oh, and I’m not a conspiracy theorist.


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