A neighbor named Kori, who lives across the street from an abandoned house, recently heard a dog barking and howling on the third-floor roof. The dog would come out through a broken window and cry for help day and night. So, the neighbor got help from the community to save the helpless pup.
As it turns out, there were three large dogs abandoned inside the home in deplorable conditions. It’s suspected that they were alone in the building for about three weeks. If the one dog hadn’t gotten the attention of the neighbors, none of them would have survived.
A Cry for Help
The three dogs were alone in a house in Pittsburgh’s Knoxville neighborhood. They were very smart and knew they needed to get out of there, so a white dog with dark patches started calling for help.
“It was all a cry for help,” said Kori. “Anybody walked past, he’s out on the roof, howling, barking trying to get somebody’s attention just to get out of the house.”
Pittsburgh officer Christine Luffey, who specializes in animal abuse situations, got involved. First, she put a notice on the door. When no one took it, her supervisor agreed that they needed to remove the dogs for their safety. When Luffey entered the house, she was appalled by the horrendous conditions.
The floors of the home were covered in garbage and animal waste. There were no water bowls for the dogs, and there was only one food bag, but it was covered by clutter. There were a few dog food cans on the second floor, which had chew marks on them. It was clear that the dogs were starving and dehydrated.
Ending the Neglect
After witnessing the unsuitable living space, officials removed all three dogs from the home. They took them to Humane Animal Rescue in Pittsburgh, where they received food, water, and vaccinations. Luffey credits the neighbors for saving the dog’s lives. They saw something upsetting, so they spoke up.
“I’m really happy that the dogs are getting some treatment and hopefully a family will adopt them and love them as much as I’ve grown to love them,” Kori said. “I am so grateful for Officer Luffey with Zone 3, she’s amazing and I thank her for doing what she did to get them out of this house.”
Police are currently trying to contact the owners to get them to surrender ownership of the dogs. Then, the dogs will go up for adoption. The dogs are expected to make a full recovery, and the person responsible will likely face charges. After all, neglect can be just as severe as other types of animal abuse.