Thursday, July 12, 2012
A reader sends along the above photo, taken on East 14th Street between Avenue A and Avenue B today. The reader has seen the man, who is likely homeless, and the dogs around the neighborhood and in other parts of the city.
The reader is concerned about the man's well-being... as well as worried about the dogs.
"[The dogs] look like they are eating, but the smaller one's coat is a knotted, tangled mess. And as dog people know, it's actually physically uncomfortable for a dog with longer hair to be covered with all of these knots," the reader said.
The reader saw the man earlier today with the dogs on Avenue B. "The little one is in dire need of a shave, and it's hot out, and he doesn't have any water for them. As I passed on his left side, he started calling me a motherfucker. Then he started yelling at the poor dogs who hadn't done anything wrong. Obviously, this man is mentally disturbed and not capable of caring for himself let alone these poor animals, who I suspect might have been someone's pets at one time."
The reader called ASPCA to see if anything can be done. However, they are too overwhelmed with calls now to respond to this situation given that the reader didn't see any outright physical abuse.
An ASPCA rep told the reader to call 911 the next time the dogs appear to be "in a bad situation."
Per the reader: "I feel so helpless. I am wondering if there might be an independent animal rescue group who could come in and take a look at these dogs and try to help them."