Alabama Dog Endures Freezing Temps, Waits for Rescue

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For the second night in a row, an Alabama dog named Kelly is facing freezing temperatures without shelter. “The owner leaves the dog out here in the cold and the wet and the rain with no protection and I’m scared the dog’s going to freeze to death, especially in this cold weather,” said neighbor Wayne Niedermeier.

Drew Alexander, an animal cruelty investigator with the Greater Birmingham Humane Society said, “It’s not a healthy, safe environment for the animal and that’s against the law. That’s animal cruelty.” Alexander filed a warrant against Kelly’s owner Tuesday, but as the legal process grinds along, Kelly waits.

“What really bothers me about this is that I left a notice a month ago and apparently, it’s just been ignored,” said Alexander. Ignored, he says… And the dog – according to the neighbor – still neglected. “The dog has hung himself more than once on the BBQ grill. He’ll get in there and get his chain caught up in the works of the BBQ grill and he will literally hang himself. And I’ve had to get a pair of bolt cutters and cut him loose,” said Niedermeier.

Tonight, Kelly will brave the bitter cold alone again, but Niedermeier and Alexander are hoping that soon, they can change that.

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19 thoughts on “Alabama Dog Endures Freezing Temps, Waits for Rescue”

  1. ‎Good Ole Ala-freakin-bama!!! They are stupid inbred people up there. I can say that, I have family there.

    Here’s my AL rescue story. 5 yrs ago when we went to North AL for Thanksgiving, there was this dog that had been tied up to a swing set the entire weekend. He was outside with no food/water. The property was backed up to my parents backyard where Buddy was. It was 27 degrees and misty raining. I told my husband that if that dog is still tied up once we got back from my aunts……I was going to get him. Well, around midnight as I’m in bed, I just couldn’t stand it. I went in PJs with a flashlight untied him, brought him into my mom’s home beauty shop. In the morning I was looking for a no-kill shelter. Well, I couldn’t find one and I knew that they had some in FL. So, we snuck him into the car, and 12 hrs later, he was in FL. He came into my house and was staring at the ceiling like he’d never seen one before. I got financial help for his shots and was going to turn him over to a Border Collie rescue, but he played so well with my 10 mo. old Golden and I knew that I was going to have major brain surgery he is our Bama Buddy. Spoiled rotten!!!! A REAL sweet baby. My mom said that the so-called owner never asked about where he went……..he didn’t even get home until days later. Altho he had a 3-car garage, Buddy was tied up outside. He didn’t even know is name, which we changed. I feel bad about stealing this dog, but I would do it again and again. I feel so happy that I made the decision to steal him for myself..

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    • Deena you are my hero too! You are an amazing person and we should all have such courage behind our convictions. That owner deserves a flaming bag of poop delivered on the doors of his 3 car garage every year on the anniversary date of Bama Buddy’s rescue. I wish for a savior like you to rescue Kelly in the very same way!

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      • Oh trust me, I so wanted to send an anonymous letter addressed to “The Dog Mistreater”. But, by the time I got around to it, my mom said that the guy moved.

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  2. Forget the law. Someone needs to get in there and take him! I’ve been in this situation before and did not hesitate to save the dog. Wish I was closer to Alabama:(

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  3. Wanted to add that just like Denna’s situation the dog’s owner never asked anyone what happened to her dog.

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  4. The neighbors next door to my Bama Buddy had 2 dogs that were in a fenced area with big dog houses. At least they weren’t chained up and they had nice big warm dog houses with food and water. Attentiong too, I’m sure. You would’ve thought that they would’ve rescued Buddy. But no. It took someone from good ole FL to take him far away. Buddy wasn’t too smart. But now, after 5 years……..he’s fat, dumb and happy. LOL

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  5. People have to respond to notices before a certain time frame. Seriously??? How many notices will get sent before ACTION is done?

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  6. agreed. They needed to pull the dog about 3 weeks ago or more. We’ve all watched animal cops enough to see that Houston, Miami, NY and Detroit all give 2 days notice of compliance. Here in Detroit, after the 2 days, a search warrant and seizure is applied for.

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  7. I’m with Ronda – if I lived close instead of across the country, I would definitely take care of this task. I hope it’s not too late for someone to rescue him & he finds a wonderful, loving home.

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