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Absolutely Cruel and Criminal – Momma Must Be Rescued by the Authorities Immediately! Please Contact District Leaders

by Prince Of Petworth January 9, 2017 at 11:05 am 283 Comments

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Photos courtesy SVYE

Update from The Humane Rescue Alliance:

UDPATE: According to our humane law enforcement officer, the dog is no longer outside and the owner has agreed to bring her inside when necessary.
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“The Humane Rescue Alliance and our humane law enforcement team has been actively monitoring the dog on Randolph Street and until today we were in regular contact with the dog’s owner. It is our understanding that the owner of the home where the dog was being sheltered was arrested this afternoon (apparently unrelated to the animal). The owner of the dog has subsequently removed her from her outdoor shelter and we are trying to determine the whereabouts of the dog and her owner.

As difficult as the video was to watch, people should understand that this situation with the dog’s shelter does not violate District law; the dog had shelter, in a wooden structure that is raised with straw bedding; the dog was being fed and given water.

Because this did not violate the law, we were limited as to what actions we could take. People should rest assured that when laws are violated, we seize animals. In fact, during this past weekend, we have seized two dogs from two different locations who were being kept outside without proper shelter. We constantly advise pet owners to bring their animals inside during extreme temperatures, and urged this dog’s owner to do just that repeatedly. We are continuing to closely monitor this developing situation.

If you see something, say something. To report suspected abuse or neglect, please call 202-723-5730.”

Update:

“Dear PoPville,

Many of you are aware of the neglected dog that is kept outside 24/7 year round in a small pen in the backyard of the 1300 block of Randolph Street, NW. It is 23 degrees outside and snowing, and she is still there- shivering and shaking in the cold. A few of us have reported this situation repeatedly, and have been given conflicting information from Humane Law Enforcement regarding the level of care the owner is legally required to provide.

DC Code § 22–1001 (a) (1) states that, “Whoever knowingly…or unnecessarily fails to provide…proper food, drink, air, light, space, veterinary care, shelter, or protection from the weather, shall for every such offense be punished by imprisonment in jail not exceeding 180 days, or by fine not exceeding $250, or by both.”

I don’t how the wooden box, even with straw bedding, but lacking any heat source or even windflap to keep cold/precipitation out, suffices as “shelter, or protection from the weather”. There is no way that the temperatures in that “shelter” are above freezing.

Please help us end this animal’s suffering by calling to report this cruel and neglected situation. The phone number for the Humane Rescue Alliance/Humane Law Enforcement is 202-576-6664. You can leave an anonymous report if you do not wish to leave your name.

Update: We continue to be informed that HRA/HLE’s hands are tied, and the best way to help out is to pressure the Mayor, Council Members, and maybe HRA’s Board of Directors and even Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton to fix this situation today.”

Another reader reports: “The photos above are from this morning [Monday] at around 8:30, 17 degrees. There’s a citation notice of some sort taped to the pen, but considering it’s still there from when HRA visited yesterday afternoon, I am doubtful anyone at the residence has a) seen it or b) done anything. The “water bowl” is that orange bucket–it’s empty, and it’s not like she could even reach in anyway. No food in the pen and she won’t now come out of the shelter. Shivers like crazy.”

Petworth News reported:

“The neighbors have been told that if an animal is kept outside longer than 30 minutes in freezing temperatures then Humane Law Enforcement officers can take action. And in fact, officers did take action in mid-December when Momma was found outside, and she was temporarily brought inside. Back then, it wasn’t freezing out. Now, they’re being told by HLE officers that they’re no longer investigating this property, while the temperature, with windchill, was 9 degrees Fahrenheit. As of Monday morning, the dog had been outside in below-freezing temperatures for more than 72 hours.

The neighbors continue to plead the dog’s case with city administrators and agencies, and emails were continuing to fly back and forth as of Sunday night between neighbors and representatives from the Mayor’s office.”

  • Andie302

    I called just now and was told they are looking into it. This poor animal – how heartbreaking

    • textdoc

      Andie, was it HRA that you talked to? Or a different agency/office?

      • Andie302

        HRA at the number above

  • It shouldn’t take THIS long to investigate.
    Can’t someone just break in and rescue her? Are there private rescues there?

  • stacksp

    Has anyone knocked on the owners door and explained to them that the dog should be kept inside?

    • Yes, neighbors have spoken to the homeowners, who are not the owners of the dog. It’s complicated (see details in the Petworth News article). Humane Law Enforcement officers have advised neighbors to stop feeding the dog, as it means they don’t have the evidence necessary to remove the animal from the home.

    • textdoc

      The Petworth News story mentions that the homeowner doesn’t live on the premises and that the people who do live there are scared of the homeowner.
      .
      It also says that concerned neighbors have “tried talking with the homeowners, but nothing seems to work.”
      .
      Furthermore, “According to a neighbor, earlier this past year a group of people walked past the house of one of the concerned neighbors and threatened him with violence for being a ‘snitch.’ “

      • LittleBluePenguin

        I literally cannot understand how it can be this difficult for the authorities to step in and say “nope. You don’t get to do that to another living creature, this is you x number complaint against you and we’re seizing the animal.” ARGGHGHG!

        • If it’s that difficult, we should stop calling them “humane law enforcement” in my opinion.

          • LittleBluePenguin

            agreed!

    • textdoc

      I forgot to mention — the homeowner is the dog owner. The tenants are not the dog owner(s).

      • textdoc

        Oh wait — from what Petworth News posted above, the dog owner is neither the homeowner NOR one of the tenants. (I guess someone connected with the homeowner??)

    • Read the full article on Petworth News. It goes into full detail about the neighbors’ struggles with this, and the attempted contacts with the owner and people who live in the house (owner doesn’t live there; only keeps the dog there). This isn’t the first dog to be neglected at that house.

      • LittleBluePenguin

        so wait, why can’t the tenants take the dog in at least, if the homeowner is not actually on the premises? Who feeds the dog?! What the HELL?!

        • Believe me, I am of a similar mindset. I’m the person who considered letting my neighbor’s cat sleep in my house when it drops below 50 and it is left outside, and who would own 500 dogs if I didn’t change the channel during ASPCA commercials. What I can gather from the article, the tenants are not people who care one bit about the dog’s welfare.

    • stacksp

      Just read it. Seems the tenants may be afraid of the owner or have been advised by the owner to leave the dog alone and they have obliged. Not sure what to do in this instance.

      • I don’t think it is the people residing in the home that are afraid of the dog’s owner. It is the neighbors that are trying to help the dog that are afraid of both the home owners/residents and the dog’s owner. It seems from the article that this house and activities associated with it may have been the source of numerous frustrations for neighbors for a while.

  • B

    How about just minding you business. Funny more people will report a cold dog, over a cold homeless person passed out on the street.

    Maybe the dog owner knows his dog more then strangers passing by.

    • Anonymous

      You think if a child was being kept outside in this weather, there’d be less outrage?
      There is free transportation and shelter for a person in the cold, and a clear number to call. The only reason an adult is on the street if they want to be there (mental health aspects are a problem in that).

      • 26.2

        + 1000

    • LittleBluePenguin

      That dog is COMPLETELY UNABLE to walk to a warmer, sheltered spot due to being locked in a pen by the despicable “owner”. While I agree it is important that we should worry about / care about our fellow human beings who are homeless in this terribly cold weather, the vast majority of those humans can walk to a shelter and are not being actively prevented from finding somewhere a little warmer.

      • Anonymous

        They can also get a free ride to a shelter. If someone looks like they’re struggling in the cold, it’s not hard to look up the shelter hotline and get them connected.

    • madmonk28

      So just ignore a helpless animal being tortured? Stay classy.

    • B, Did you seriously leave this comment?! Did you bother to read the articles about this dog, the conditions it’s forced to live under, and all the people who are trying to help it? The people on the street have plenty of options and help…this dog does not.

    • anon

      it’s possible to care about two things at once.

    • MR

      @B I’m sure the owner knows way more about cold than the neighbors. Great argument.

    • neighbor

      No short-haired dog can withstand these temperatures. No amount of knowing a dog will make that dog immune to the cold. The only dogs that can take this weather are those bred for snow like huskies, akitas, malamutes, burmese mountain dogs, newfoundlands, st. bernards, and chows. And even those dogs should be brought in frequently.

    • K

      B,

      people can care about 2 things at once.

      Thanks,
      k

      p.s. delete b’s comment.

    • NotGrinchandNotScrooge

      Can’t tell if you’re concern-trolling about those experiencing homelessness or exhibiting an attitude that’s all too common in my old neighborhood, but either way you’re wrong.

      If you see someone on the streets in weather like this, call the Shelter Hotline at 202-399-7093 and the DC Department of Human Services is required to respond and offer them transportation to a shelter for the night. And when you see a dog outside for days at a time like this, it’s evidence of someone who should never be allowed near an animal again.

    • Anon

      Wow. I’m honestly at a loss for words – do you seriously not understand how this isn’t even remotely humane? If that’s the case, you need to speak with a licensed professional as soon as possible.

    • Truxtoner

      There is a number to report homeless people in freezing conditions and people use it all the time. There are resources to handle that issue.

      Stop pretending that because someone cares about A, they do not or cannot care about B. You can do both. And people often do.

    • dcduchess

      B – you need to recognize animal cruelty when its right in your face.

    • John G.

      Don’t be asinine. As a human, I’m not responsible for another capable human’s welfare. On the other hand, dogs/cat/etc. don’t have the means to act in their best interests, and coupled with our responsibility to act to defend the innocent, human compassion demands we act on behalf of this creature, and it IS our business. Only a person touched by disability or plain old cold heartlessness would treat a dog this way, and in either case, it’s the right and responsibility of those seeing this dog’s torturous suffering to act on its behalf. So, B, your opinion is irrelevant, if not bordering on evil.

    • timmyp

      B how bad does your life suck that you are offended by people caring about the well being of a living creature?

    • CKinDC

      Homeless people outside in the cold are not locked in cages. They can go to a library, a shelter, or even a metro station. This dog has no options to go anywhere or to acquire shelter or heat and you want people to mind their own business? Some people think it IS their business to CARE about other living things, both people and other animals.

  • ruby7

    why do these people even have a dog if they can’t bother to take care of it? i cannot believe that this dog can’t be legally rescued and that it’s taking this long to get answers. i don’t understand people and it breaks my heart.

  • textdoc

    The details in the Petworth News story are heartbreaking. Poor doggie.

  • Fox Mccloud

    There are at least two other situations similar to this in Petworth alone. One on the 500 block of Decatur street where a dog named lucy is kept out year round chained on the front porch, and a second on the 4700 block of 4th street. The 4th street one is a newly sold house that has a husky that is kept howling outside all night. Me and a neighbor called 311 to report on Saturday and were told that city wide there were 70 reported incidents and only one enforcement officer for the whole city. UNACCEPTABLE!

    • PetworthMom

      We live on that block. That’s heartbreaking. I’ll keep an eye out for that dog too. (I know which dog it is.)

      –Another dog owner on that block.

      • SinSA

        Can someone just go in and take the dog??

  • KPS

    I can’t understand why the owners don’t willfully surrender the dog. Are they just being stubborn? It would be better to just let one of these neighbors simply take the animal. This is heartbreaking to read. I can’t imagine having to see it every day, helpless to do anything.

    • Are they breeding her and making money off pups?

      • KPS

        A person with even a modicum of intelligence would want to keep up the health of a breeding dog.

        • well, who is to say they have a modicum of intelligence or decency? terrible.

          • Anon

            There’s a distinct lack of modicum of any positive trait.

      • dcduchess

        This is what is going on. These are human scumbags and I am sure PETA would be more than happy to make a fuss and take this dog.

        • M

          And then PETA would euthanize her.

          • dcduchess

            You don’t know that. Some dogs PETA picks up do have to be euthanized. But this life is also a daily torture for this dog.

          • Jamin Jimmy

            Which is better than the dog’s current situation.

    • say what

      I suspect they got the dog for protection and that why a lot of dogs are outside in DC. Or likely raising it for fighting. Its terrrible but we also need to focus on council to strengthen the laws. Its also very difficult to take control of a dog that has bitten multiple people as well and is a known threat.

  • anonymous

    If she doesn’t have water, then what is what is the Humane Rescue Alliance waiting on? With the details I have, this sounds absolutely outrageous. If the government agencies fail to act, I pray that someone will get into her pen at night, rescue her, and take her out of the area for adoption. Vigilante? Yeah. It would be morally right.

  • JB

    Is this the back yard of the same house near the SW corner of Randolph and 13th that has been extensively connected to drug dealing and prostitution?

    • textdoc

      I believe so. From the Petworth News story: “The present issue with the house on Randolph Street started a few years ago as neighbors dealt with rampant prostitution and drug dealing on the block and in the alley. Multiple calls to MPD, meetings with ANC commissioners, emails to listservs and the DC Council offered some attention, but no long-term solution. The neighbors are reticent to be too public — they’re scared of the dog’s owner and the homeowners, due to their past legal history; some of the people involved with the house and the man who owns Momma have serious criminal records.”

  • LittleBluePenguin

    Who wants to join me in a little game of “Petworth Pet Robin Hood?” We’ll steal these poor creatures away from their horrible owners and find new, loving homes for these neglected pups? If the various DC law enforcement agencies are incapable of taking these animals away from cruel situations, I say we step up with a little vigilantism!

    • Luckycat

      I’m in! I am not allowed to have pets in my building (awful, I know) but I will sneak a few in to keep them warm and safe!

    • SinSA

      I’m in.

      • LittleBluePenguin

        crap on a stick! I don’t have my cell (see my RRRR)- I was going to ask Dan to put us in touch but I can’t get to my (semi-anonymous) email account at work (firewalls) so I can’t get anything semi-anonymously organized until I get home -and even then, I’m not sure I have the stones (or the tools) to cut the fence and find out if this shitbag can track me down. SinSa, I think I have your email address – PoP, would you be able to connect me with Luckycat if that’s ok with him/her? In the meanwhile, I’m calling the HRA, Councilmember Todd, and anyone else I can get through to.

        • LittleBluePenguin

          (calling on my office phone which doesn’t have to be done semi-anonymously!)

        • Julia Vipsania

          I’m all for protecting animals, but maybe announcing your intention to commit a crime in a public forum on an account that could easily be traced back to you isn’t the brightest idea.

      • timmyp

        Yeah me too. I might just do it on my way home from work.

  • anon

    PLEASE in your emails to elected officials ask them not only to take action to ensure the laws are enforced in regards to this particular situation, but ask them to pass legislation with min and max temperatures during which dogs can be left outside unattended. This will help clarify the law and avoid confusion in the future. It would be such a shame to let this dog’s suffering and the publicity around it go to waste. If we can use it to spearhead legislation it can prevent situations like this from happening in the future.

  • Anon

    At the very least, could neighbors, tenants, anybody put some used blankets in there for her? By the time something is done by DC it might already be too late. It’s been freezing out…

    • Elvis’s Mom

      The straw is actually a better choice than blankets. It wicks away water and the dog can move it around more easily to “nest”. It’s what they use for feral cat shelters as well as when PETA or other organizations donate doghouses to outside dogs in rural areas.

  • Ryan

    I don’t understand why someone doesn’t just take wire cutters and set the dog free — either take it to a shelter or let it wander away on its own. Not optimal, but certainly better than letting the animal slowly die in a pen, and better than waiting around on government agencies that very, very clearly have no interest in this. Am I missing something here?

    • KPS

      That person would go to jail. Morally, it would be the right thing to do. But legally it would land someone in jail.

      • LittleBluePenguin

        not if that person didn’t get caught…… :)

        • stacksp

          Its really easy to do this and not get caught

          • Ryan

            It seems almost inconceivable to me that someone would do this and get caught. But again, maybe I’m misunderstanding something.

          • Anon

            You want to take that risk? Be my guest.

        • Anonymous

          They won’t get caught. We’re talkin’ about DeeCee here…..go along to get along.
          I’m sure the tenants would appreciate someone else taking the dog to a shelter. Plausible deniability from the psychotic home owner.

    • Hold the Door

      I’m sorry, I love animals but you would be a fool to risk your career/freedom/money to do this. That why everybody is saying “someone” should do it, instead of doing it themselves.

      Yeh, very low risk of getting caught, but all it takes is a camera you don’t see. You betta believe the owners would try to track the person down, just for spite.

      • LittleBluePenguin

        What about a mob, then? Gather enough angry, shouting people outside that home, they won’t be able to do business (whatever business they may be in), and there’s strength in numbers. Get some camera crews in there, media attention – they’d want to make that go away asap. Maybe they’d just surrender the dog.

        • Hold the Door

          So take it out on the tenants, who have nothing to do with it? Right…..

      • ryan

        I’d do it but I don’t live near D.C. anymore. It just seems like such a D.C. thing to not really do anything about it, but to say “I’ve sent a very sternly written letter to be councilmember about this!!”

        • LittleBluePenguin

          Believe me, if I could figure out how to do this without getting shot at / stabbed, I would. But the last time I intervened on an animal’s behalf (while living in NYC), I came thisclose to getting the shit kicked out of me. So I am a little wary, even though I am also so very, very angry. If there were enough people willing to all go together and just bust this dog out, I’m 100% in. But I won’t try to do it alone, like last time.

    • John G.

      The wisest course of action would be to wear clothing that hides your identity and makes it difficult for you to be seen at night, cut the fence, retrieve the dog, run up the alley to Shepherd into a waiting car, take it home and feed it and let it warm up, remove any ID the dog has, get a leash and a collar take it to the nearest animal shelter, saying you found it wandering the street in your neighborhood, in need of assistance.

      • textdoc

        From the Petworth News article, though, it sounds as though the dog’s owner retrieved a previous dog (Princess) from WHS/HRA in the past after they picked her up. What’s to prevent the same scenario from occurring this time around?

        • anonymous

          Exactly. That’s why anyone who happens to take this dog in the night should ferry her to a shelter far away (i.e., Pennsylvania). I think this dog owner is getting his kicks abusing an animal AND making his neighbors upset. We need much tougher laws and enforcement so that people cannot cavalierly abuse animals like this- right out in the open.

  • asdf

    Just submitted a news tip to NBC4. Do the same for your favorite local news station. Nothing like bad publicity to light a fire under people’s asses (the dog “owners,” and the authorities).

    • They all monitor the posts here daily.

      • CapitalDame

        I called Fox 5 and they hadn’t seen this post yet but were reading through the comments when I called.

    • PetlessInPetworth

      I’m on it too. I work in PR/Media for DC issues so seeing what I can do with contacts.

  • AKDC

    Thank you for reporting on this horrible situation. I just emailed Councilmember Todd as well:

    I just read about the animal cruelty and neglect taking place on Randolph Street and am appalled by the city’s failure to take the appropriate steps to remove this animal from an abusive situation. It is simply inexcusable that law enforcement and political leadership have failed to act.

    In addition to causing continued suffering for the animal (Momma), the city’s failure to act in such cases normalizes animal cruelty and sends a message to the District’s citizens that animal cruelty and abuse is tolerated in our city.

    As a resident of the District of Columbia, I am hoping that you or your staff can advise me on the steps you are taking to rectify this horrible situation.

    • anonymous

      +1. I’ll be sending a very similarly worded letter to CM Allen today. This is beyond the pale- as a contributing member to HRA, I’m even more angry that they aren’t pulling out all the stops to fix this. If it is true that we only have 1 enforcement officer for all of DC, that needs to be fixed. No excuse- especially with all the money we have in the District. No excuse!!

      • PetlessInPetworth

        And you know enforcement officers aren’t exactly raking in millions. With all that this city spends on…well, plenty of stuff – like that ‘mini park’ with the sidewalk that collects energy from people walking on it in dupont – I think we can afford a few $40-$50K salaries to have a team that meets the need.

  • Shawnnnn

    I’m happy to join anyone who wants to just go cut open the fence and take the dog. I am more than happy to help pay fines and help with legal defense. This is absurd.

  • CapitalDame

    Has anyone tried offering the owner money to buy Momma? I don’t love the idea of giving this creep money for being an irresponsible pet owner, but I want her in a warm, safe place ASAP.

    • Danielle

      While I agree to the sentiment, it won’t stop the owner from acquiring another dog and leaving it in these conditions to suffer. The owner needs to be cited for their abuse of Momma and a record needs to be built up so they have a harder time doing this to other dogs in the future.

  • deejay

    I just emailed Mayor Bowser & the Council too. This story is heartbreaking!

  • A

    From what I know, the owner of the house received a citation last night for “frozen water.” It obviously doesn’t go far enough, but all the authorities can do. Agree we need to change the laws, but that could take a year — certainly months. I’ve heard rumors the owners are involved in a dog fighting ring. Even that the dogs owner works for D.C. Government and used a government van to transport the animals. Bad people.

    • Anonymous

      “Even that the dogs owner works for D.C. Government and used a government van to transport the animals. Bad people.”
      .
      WOW. These folks are real piece of work. Someone please name and shame!!!
      No wonder HRA ain’t doing much, the owner is connected to the DC powers. Disgusting.
      Perhaps the neighbors can find ground upon which to sue the homeowners – nuisance? Lack of peaceful enjoyment of property?

      • CapitalDame

        How do you know that they work for DC government and have been using government vehicles to transport the dogs? If you cannot say how you know, can you confirm that that’s factual?

        • cass

          Based on the comments below, it sounds like at least one person has witnessed this, and reported the license plate to the police. I’m a third generation Washingtonian, and I can assure you that DC government workers are often (if not always) immune to arrest for misdemeanors.

  • As awful as the plight of the poor dog is; let’s focus on the larger issue: Repeated inaction by the Humane Rescue Alliance, the agency responsible for enforcing animal cruelty laws. I don’t doubt that the individuals that work at the HRA would like to do the right thing but the need to provide a lot more clarity about their “hands being tied.” Who, exactly, is telling them not to remove the animal? The DC laws cited seem perfectly clear about what constitutes cruelty, there is only a lack of enforcement. Also, that a city with the tax base of DC only has five animal control officers and only one active for the weekend is absurd.

    • textdoc

      “Who, exactly, is telling them not to remove the animal? The DC laws cited seem perfectly clear about what constitutes cruelty, there is only a lack of enforcement.”
      .
      I’m not so sure about that. I think the vagueness of the D.C. code doesn’t help:
      .
      DC Code § 22–1001 (a) (1) states that, “Whoever knowingly…or unnecessarily fails to provide…proper food, drink, air, light, space, veterinary care, shelter, or protection from the weather, shall for every such offense be punished by imprisonment in jail not exceeding 180 days, or by fine not exceeding $250, or by both.”

      • anonymous

        Frozen water= not providing water, at the very minimum.

  • Alex

    Is there anything else that can be done? ASPCA? Animals rights attorney? What does “looking into it” mean? I feel like this is the type of situation where action must be taken first and then logistics later.

  • PetlessInPetworth

    Just emailed CM Todd – I’m in his Ward as well and made it clear that I’m a concerned constituent – hoping that does something. This story is horrifying.

  • textdoc

    This bit (from the Petworth News article) about Momma’s predecessor “Princess” is particularly chilling, as are the photos of Princess (with her ribs showing through her skin):
    .
    “Neighbors witnessed the poor condition of the dog and offered the homeowner food and supplies. When Princess’ condition didn’t improve and she was found wandering around the alley, they contacted the Humane Society (now the Humane Rescue Alliance) who seemed surprised to see Princess, as she had been sent home the night before with the owner, who said he was taking her to Maryland. Instead, she was found back in the alley the next day.
    .
    “After more complaints by the neighbors about Princess’ worsening condition, the neighbors were told by Humane Law Enforcement officers to stop helping the dog. The food and bedding they kept providing, they were told, were making it impossible to remove the dog from the home for violations. When they stopped providing food for the dog, Princess disappeared. A few months later in August of 2016, Momma showed up to take her place.”

    • LittleBluePenguin

      jesus. I viscerally hate these people.

      • Paige

        I really want to go tonight…is anyone planning to check it out? I have a sweater for a pup…can bring warm food too.

  • An aside – but since we have lots of animal lovers reading this thread – please put out water for the birds. They can’t get water when everything is frozen. You want a shallow container – I use a frisbee. Fill with hot water – it will freeze eventually, but just re-fill it.

    • Marty

      I love dogs, not birds.

      • Anonymous

        Except when they crap all over my car. Who are these birds still in frozen DC pooping EVERYWHERE?!?!

        • Jamin Jimmy

          I used to keep two good sized bird feeders in my yard until my yard because a bird poop hazmat site. It was bad before the doves showed up and doves take giant shits.

      • DCbyDay

        birds have literally evolved to live outdoors in the winter…. dogs have been bred to live inside. big difference.

        • kejad

          Amen. You do not need to put out water for wild animals. Spend your animal welfare energy somewhere else.

    • Ally

      Thank you and will do! Have been putting out bird seed for them but didn’t think of this!

  • d

    This breaks my heart. We cannot allow DC government’s futility to be this poor pup’s death warrant.

  • SC

    “Absolutely cruel and criminal” Give me a break. If the dog doesn’t have water or food that’s another issue. It appears the dog does have a covered shelter with a straw bed. That is plenty adequate for a dog. I always had outdoor dogs growing up. There is nothing cruel or criminal about it. I wish people had as much outrage and heartache over human life. I just can’t…

    • I have this friend B I’d like you to meet. You can be outraged at our outrage together!!! Also the dog doesn’t have water (the water is frozen cause you know it’s like freezing out, literally) or food. But details, details. Outrage over outrage is far more fun. Now if you’ll excuse me I have some human babies I need to go kick.

      • Ally

        +1000

      • Woodridge Res

        +1000

    • Sorry but

      This is like when people say spanking isn’t abuse because it happened to them. If you kept your dog outside during below freezing weather, in a ‘doghouse’ or not, you were abusing it.

    • Anonymous

      Go sleep in a wood hut tonight with just straw. No blankets, minimal clothing. Report back here tomorrow.
      I’ll buy you an extra large Duccini’s pizza if you provide proof.

    • WTF

      This dog is a pit bull. Pit bulls have very short coats and are bald on their bellies. They can’t stay warm in temperatures like this. It would be the same as if you had to stay outside in less than 20 degree weather wearing a t-shirt and shorts. But that’s not criminal right? Also, see comments above to other troll who thinks it’s perfectly fine to abuse animals. Get an ever loving grip.

    • anonymous

      Frozen water= not providing water. Also, this is 2017- the way we treat animals has evolved (and continues to evolve, thankfully!) as we understand they are sentient beings, capable of feeling. It’s no longer acceptable to treat them like farm dogs, circa 1845- especially short-haired, non-winter breeds like this.

    • Duponter

      We had outdoor dogs growing up too who lived outdoors in winter. We also had heated shelter for them. Even rednecks in the South took better care of their dogs than this. We knew short haired dogs could not live in this weather.

    • John G.

      If you don’t see that this is cruel – and definitely criminal – you are lost. Further, if you really subjected dogs to these sorts of temperatures, then you were directly responsible for their needless suffering.

  • anon

    To those who have seen the dog — is it possible to somehow get an electric blanket or heating pad or warm food into her pen from outside the fence? Not a solution but might buy a few hours. Heartbreaking.

  • cam

    In a similar situation, a friend in a different city repeatedly talked to the dog’s owners and yet nothing changed. She ended up paying for the dog. I don’t know what the sum was, but when discussions about how keeping the dog chained outside in freezing temperatures was cruel didn’t work, she offered money. Sad, but the dog is in a much better home now. I sure hope by tonight Momma will have a warm and safe place to sleep. I hope that for people, too!

  • Brooks Shirey

    I just called Jacob Evans office to alert them. This is tragic.

  • MCoyne

    Just called and spoke with Derek at 202-576-6664 (Humane Law Enforcement, same number as listed in article. Was told they are “currently looking into it”.
    Me: So someone is going to check on the dog, right now, in person?”
    Derek: “Yes.”
    Me: “Great. Who can I follow up with later today about this call?”
    Derek: “You can call the same number, sir”.

    Will do.

    • JH

      let’s all call derek in another hour to make sure someone had eyes on this poor dog.

    • sg7

      Same here–I called about an hour ago and the woman on the line gave me another number to call if I wanted to check in later today: 202-723-5730, extension 130.

    • neighbor

      No short-haired dog (like this dog) can withstand these temperatures. The only dogs that can take this weather are those bred for snow like huskies, akitas, malamutes, burmese mountain dogs, newfoundlands, st. bernards, and chows. And even those dogs should be brought in frequently to warm up and for food and water since that freezes.

  • sg7

    I’m contacting all the people listed here, and also messaged my ANC rep. Pretty disappointed with the response.

    “It’s the humans society/rescue alliance that should be contacted. The authorities have been contacted.
    Nothing I can do other than verify that D.C. gov has been contacted and will act in accordance with the law. I’ve already checked. It’s also in ward four. Have you contacted CM Todd’s staff? There are laws they have to follow when approaching private property. DOH is on it. But there are certain protocols they have to follow.”

    Yeah….OK.

  • Zora

    Now I’m crying in my office. So sad.

  • JH

    its vigilante time
    can someone with bolt cutters just go in the middle of the night and steal this poor suffering dog please?

  • Any actual updates?

  • squid

    I emailed a tip to Fox News 5 and they responded a minute ago to say they have ‘put in calls’ and are trying to sort it out.

    Have also emailed the Mayor, Congresswoman Norton, and councilmembers Todd, Bonds, Silverman, Grosso, and White.

    Keep it up guys.

  • Tsar of Truxton

    Can’t stop hitting refresh, hoping for a happy update to this story…

    • SaveMomma

      I agree, I keep refreshing hoping to see an “update: momma has been rescued, owners arrested/fined” but these comments are giving me some hope. How do we get WaPo to post it? I live at 14th and Randolph and this is all news to me as of this morning but it’s completely heartbreaking to know that a helpless and innocent dog has been left outside exposed to these freezing temperatures. Keep up the good efforts… if need be, I’m in for being an accomplice to cutting those fences and freeing the pup.

      • anonymous

        WaPo posted it a couple hours ago. You have to dig for it in the local section online.

    • FridayGirl

      Same.

      • concerned about DC”s dogs

        me too. But this is not the only dog suffering in DC. We need better legislation and i hope that’s the ultimate outcome here.

  • Christina

    I’ve emailed everyone on the list that has been mentioned. Im about to call the numbers too. Please let’s help this dog.

  • AKDC

    called DC HRA hotline and was told they are working on it but had to take care of some things. Will call back later if the situation is not resolved. Please keep udpating!

  • Josh

    a long-time overlooked problem is that DC has incredibly weak animal cruelty laws and doesn’t properly fund humane law enforcement, which the humane rescue alliance has to fundraise for to supplement a pittance it gets from a city contract. i think the humane rescue alliance does the best they can with limited support from the city, whose legislation/regulations set a low bar for protections of our city’s animals. sadly animals in the district suffer needlessly because of insufficient authorities and enforcement to address their mistreatment.

    • Anonymous

      I am outraged and strongly support action being the amen to help this dog, but have you looked at the statute? DV mirrors nearly all other 50 states in this regard. Many of these states have much colder temps than DC. Maybe this is an issue of law enforcement discretion? It’s been my experience that MPD does anything they can do to not take action which equals more paperwork for them. I bet that is what is happening.

    • PetlessInPetworth

      There’s a change.org petition to get the council to pass stronger laws: https://www.change.org/p/dc-city-council-strengthen-animal-cruelty-laws-in-dc

      Not sure those do a lot but…

  • Paige

    has anyone called some of the pet rescues in the city???

  • houseintherear

    Just want to say that the Animal Control officers are way overworked and funding is limited. So that’s prob #1, but they are also severely limited by existing laws. Once they have the call in and are legally able to help, they do. So let’s be frustrated with the laws and continue this energy by writing to our Council about existing animal cruelty laws and the lack of funding for Animal Control!

    • LittleBluePenguin

      +1

    • J

      Yes, this! + 10000

      This is not an isolated incident. Please write to the Mayor and your Council member demanding more funding for humane law enforcement and better animal abuse/neglect legislation!

    • Erin

      Yes, thank you! Animal Control Officers aren’t paid enough in this city to put their lives on the line (they literally do), but yet somehow, we manage to have at least a few at a time. DC needs to budget better for these civil servants and have better laws on the books.

  • mfldc

    I emailed Ward 4 Councilman Brandon Todd and got an email back saying “we are on it.” I will follow-up with him later.

  • NobleDC

    Address is 1302 Randolph St NW.

    • Brooklyn Brawler

      Really? Publishing the homeowner’s address. SHAMEFUL

      • LittleBluePenguin

        Really? Keeping a dog chained up in the freezing cold?! SHAMEFUL!

        • Brooklyn Brawler

          Folks threatening to cut fences, trespass and cause damage to property that’s not there’s—SHAMEFUL

          And then the poster to publish the address to the blog basically to encourage folks to visit this house—SHAMEFUL

          Let me add, I’m all about this dog’s well being but come
          On publishing the owner’s address on a public
          Blog; not cool!

          • JennayDC

            Get over it. It’s public information and HRA will give anyone and everyone the address.

        • Jamin Jimmy

          Why? These people need to be shamed. They are sitting in that house knowing the dog is outside in the freezing temp all night and day. They are horrible people.

      • sg7

        When I called HRA they gave me the address freely, so it’s not a big secret. I didn’t even ask. Anyone can get that info.

      • wdc

        There are VERY few circumstances in which doxxing is appropriate. A life actively in jeopardy is one of them.

      • J

        No it’s not – get a grip. Your concept of shame is absurd. Be outraged at cruelty to living things, not posting an address online.

    • cass

      Are you sure? That address is getting the homestead deduction, which means it’s owner-occupied.

      • NobleDC

        Not as shameful as chaining a dog outside in 12-degree weather.

        Yes, I’m sure.

        • Brooklyn Brawler

          You clearly have no idea what the hell your talking about. The dog isn’t “tied up” or “chained up.” SMDH

          • FridayGirl

            Please go live in an outdoor space with no way to get inside or feed yourself in below freezing temperatures for days and then come back and tell us whether you still agree with the statement you just made.

      • FridayGirl

        You know what would be really interesting is if it turned out there was some kind of fraud going on that was tipped off by the dog situation (for example, the owner wasn’t occupying but was still getting the deduction).

        • cass

          That would mean a DCRA inspector would have to get involved. And they’re less effective than HLE!

        • Anon

          If the story that the owner does not live at this address is true, then this is definitely fraud. But I’m far more concerned about the dog that the fraud.

      • Concerned Neighbor

        It’s definitely not owner-occupied. There is a tenant living at the address. Maybe add tax fraud to the list of criminal activity originating from that address.

        • cass

          If that’s the case, they probably don’t have a business license for that either. Although, based on the court case, it seems like the woman who runs the rental business doesn’t own the house…

          • FridayGirl

            Super sketchy. I was thinking they were renting it illegally. But is it even possible to rent illegally through a landlord that’s not the homeowner? Seriously weird, and I have so many questions…

          • cass

            @FridayGirl, I was thinking it was super sketchy too. But then I thought it might be like a property manager situation — if the property manager and not the owner is usually the person prosecuted for rental housing violations.

      • anoNE

        Well that could be one way to actually get the owner in trouble. How can you report that violation?

    • Ally

      +1

  • Annie

    DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!!! This needs to be dealt with immediately!

    • dcd

      The address is in the post above yours, Annie. Go for it.

  • Huma

    HRA also just told me that they’re looking into it. Offered to call another department if that would help but person on phone said they were the right department and that they don’t have any other updates than “they’re looking into it.”

  • LCinDC

    Hmm. Court records indicate that a tenant took the landlord to court over lack of heat and there is an inspection of the property at 2PM TODAY (Now/just passed) for that.

    • LCinDC

      Sorry…TOMORROW at 2pm

      • DcJB

        Link or cite?

  • Hawkss

    A friend of mine is currently there. As they showed up, another individual also showed up with tools to help break her out. The water is refilled and food on the ground, but this sweet dog is nowhere to be found.

    Does anyone have news on if she was rescued?

    • FridayGirl

      OH! This is an interesting update…..

    • Bravo81

      I really hope someone rescued her and took her inside!! This poor pup :(

    • LA

      Video of man removing the dog when news crews questioned him this afternoon. Current status / location of dog is unknown.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kbu6KNAmyog

      • FridayGirl

        Sigh. Well, he’ll probably back out in a day or two so I hope everyone who is on this will stay vigilant (and keep an eye for any other dogs, too).

  • Jake Hill

    Clearly we all love dogs here. But to see comments about breaking the law to set the dog free is heartbreaking. I just ask, is it really worth it to lose your job and freedom? Would you really be proud to break the law? Honest questions because the if the homeowner/people living in the house catches you, who knows if they’ll try to fight you off and injure you in the process. Just be careful.

    • Brooklyn Brawler

      Freakin’ 1,000,000,000
      THANK YOU

    • Brooklyn Brawler

      Yeah if you trespass on my property with tools/box cutters etc. and I’m not expecting you; SHOT NOW ASK QUESTIONS later.

      • Jamin Jimmy

        LOL

      • Brooklyn Destroyed

        I would break into the yard if I thought that I could save this dog’s life. I don’t think that is an outrageous notion because I respect the dog’s life more than the law that is currently failing to protect it.

        • Brooklyn Brawler

          Stop lying bro

      • Accountering

        You’re a disgusting human being. I’m just going to leave it at that.

        • Brooklyn Brawler

          Because our opinion really matter to me.

          • Anon

            I think it’s pretty clear that society doesn’t care about you. Please leave.

      • Anonymous

        Unclench, tough guy.
        Also, DC doesn’t follow castle doctrine AFAIK. You’ll be the only person ending up in jail that night.

        • FridayGirl

          +1.

      • DCResident2017
    • Ally

      There are times when the correct, moral thing to do doesn’t always align with the law. I applaud all of the people on here who took all proper channels and options they had within the law — and then were willing to go a step further to help this dog, even risking their careers or lives to do so. That is what being a decent human is all about.

      • Ally

        And, to elaborate, there have been many times when a good Samaritan has broken the window of a car to rescue a child who has been left in the back seat of a hot car. It’s technically destruction of property. But, it’s the right thing to do in an emergency situation if you can’t locate the parent and if the authorities are unable to act in a timely manner. Very similar argument to be made here.

        • Shawnnn

          Agreed. I understand the hesitation. But honestly if 15 people shows up with wire cutters and went in and got the dog, I doubt anyone would have done a damn thing about it. And you’d have crowdfunded their fines. The issue would be making sure the dog wasn’t returned to the owner.

          Here, at the end of the day, none of that mattered because now the poor dog is gone and god only knows what that man did with it.

  • Aimee

    What is the exact address? I called but they need a precise address.

  • S

    A friend of mine just walked past this house and tried to get a visual ont the dog. Nothing. I’m guessing the owner has gotten word of this becoming a bigger issue and has moved the dog…hopefully somewhere inside.

  • anon

    this was earlier this afternoon- the owner running away with the dog. still no update from any councilmember or the mayor’s office. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kbu6KNAmyog

  • franklin92

    This is truly outrageous on both the human and government bureaucratic level. I am going to send this link to local TV news outlets – when a camera crew shows up, good bet wheels start turning in the mayor’s office.

  • cwils

    I also emailed my councilmember. This is just heartbreaking.

  • anon

    Just watching that video of the owner taking the dog away…makes me hope that all of this publicity doesn’t make the situation worse, meaning he takes the dog away to another bad situation.

    • anonymous

      Yeah, that makes me nervous, too. In a perfect world, the dog would have been taken away, so the owner couldn’t place her in another bad place (perhaps no longer in public where people can report his cruelty). A man like this will likely take his anger out on the poor dog. If he already had a starving dog (“Princess”) before this, this isn’t his first rodeo. He is a serial abuser.

      • Shawnnn

        Well it’s on us to make sure people like that don’t have the ability to continue to own animals. MPD should have the ability to take a dog away from a known animal abuser. Period.

        And it is quite clear to everyone the law was insufficient here to address the problem. Time to change the law. I’m disappointed because, as a lawyer, the law seems sufficiently vague that the authorities could have taken action here. Who on earth thinks this guy was going to fight them for the dog?

        I’m also disappointed no one here stepped up and just went in and took her. Face the consequences when you know it is the right thing to do. We have to stop being so passive when things like this happen. Open your mouth. Stand up. I’m mad at myself for not doing it.

  • JH

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kbu6KNAmyog

    JUST NOW
    who was there?? any eyes on this developing situation?

    • madmonk28

      That owner is righteous trash.

  • Christina

    Everyone on this thread, who cares, and who is keeping a close eye on this – we should all gather at this house tonight and take a stand. I know I’d be nervous to go on my own but there is strength in numbers.

    • stacksp

      Looks like the owner came back and grabbed the dog already… See video above

      • Marty

        he probably spends his day reading POP.

    • PetlessInPetworth

      It sounds/looks like the dog is gone, though.

      • Anonymous

        The guy that took the dog is the same guy using a DC Government vehicle to transport pittbulls. Many hypothesize it’s part of a dog fighting ring. The license plate and previous videos have been submitted to law enforcement before. Nothing done. Infuriating.

  • anon

    I just watched the video. I hope momma is safe but I have a bad feeling that is not the case :-(

  • WhoRescuedWho

    If you ask me, WARL has dropped the ball here. Yes, they’ve merged with WHS to form the HRE, but they ARE a rescue – they pull dogs from situations like these in other areas and to have that happen here, in D.C., is a shame.

    • textdoc

      “they pull dogs from situations like these in other areas” — I don’t think they or any other rescue group uses extralegal means to rescue animals.

      • textdoc

        Any other mainstream rescue group, I should say.

    • CVR

      As textdoc says WARL, even if they didn’t merge with WHS, would not have been able to trespass onto someone’s property and then steal the dog which is also considered property according to our laws. How much longer do you think they’d be operating as an organization if they did that?

  • FJ

    The guy in the youtube video is one of the individuals named in an indictment from the early 00s.
    https://www.dea.gov/pubs/pressrel/pr111501b.html. An extremely violent gang, responsible for a lot of suffering over the years.

    • Petworth Petlover

      Anyone notice the owner of the house is a registered first degree sex offender??

      http://www.homefacts.com/offender-detail/DC000894/Jimmy-Leandro-Rivas.html
      This whole thing makes me sick…

    • Ben

      You sure? That property address listed in the link does not match what other people have reported

      • Anonymous

        They are part of a whole string of houses on Randolph dealing drugs and prostitutes. It took neighbors almost three years just to get MPD to pay attention. Several arrests have been made recently, but they were released within 24 hours and dealing drugs on the same corner the next day. Unreal. Jimmy Rivas (1302 Randolph St tenant) and “Abdul” are working with the Tabron family. Abdul was the person who snuck Mama away today — in DC government van! He uses it to transport pitbulls across the city.

        • AN

          Abdul is actually Antonio Tabron, the owner of the dog. He is the man in the red coat in the video taking the dog away. He has been actively been involved in narcotics distribution on Randolph and 13th St, along his family members: Montie Tabron and Antoine Tabron. The dogs are only one part of the enterprise.

    • Woodridge Res

      According to tax records and a google search, the owner is a known sex offender –

      http://www.homefacts.com/offender-detail/DC000894/Jimmy-Leandro-Rivas.html

  • Doglover

    Statement from HRA below.
    Personally, I do not feel “assured.”

    “The Humane Rescue Alliance and our humane law enforcement team has been actively monitoring the dog on Randolph Street and until today we were in regular contact with the dog’s owner. It is our understanding that the owner of the home where the dog was being sheltered was arrested this afternoon (apparently unrelated to the animal). The owner of the dog has subsequently removed her from her outdoor shelter and we are trying to determine the whereabouts of the dog and her owner.

    “As difficult as the video was to watch, people should understand that this situation with the dog’s shelter does not violate District law; the dog had shelter, in a wooden structure that is raised with straw bedding; the dog was being fed and given water.

    “Because this did not violate the law, we were limited as to what actions we could take. People should rest assured that when laws are violated, we seize animals. In fact, during this past weekend, we have seized two dogs from two different locations who were being kept outside without proper shelter. We constantly advise pet owners to bring their animals inside during extreme temperatures, and urged this dog’s owner to do just that repeatedly. We are continuing to closely monitor this developing situation.”

  • Anon

    I hope whoever was there and was taping got a glance at the license plate of the guy that took the dog, if not to track him at least for their own safety. The owner of the house is a registered sex offender, public record, among other crimes convicted of over a long period of time. I think the neighbors were right to raise the alarm and the outrage warranted. As many people know animal cruelty is often a precursor to future violent behavior. We all should be on the look out for our neighbors and any possible retaliation.

  • littlen
  • Doglover

    “The Humane Rescue Alliance and our humane law enforcement team has been actively monitoring the dog on Randolph Street and until today we were in regular contact with the dog’s owner. It is our understanding that the owner of the home where the dog was being sheltered was arrested this afternoon (apparently unrelated to the animal). The owner of the dog has subsequently removed her from her outdoor shelter and we are trying to determine the whereabouts of the dog and her owner.

    “As difficult as the video was to watch, people should understand that this situation with the dog’s shelter does not violate District law; the dog had shelter, in a wooden structure that is raised with straw bedding; the dog was being fed and given water.

    “Because this did not violate the law, we were limited as to what actions we could take. People should rest assured that when laws are violated, we seize animals. In fact, during this past weekend, we have seized two dogs from two different locations who were being kept outside without proper shelter. We constantly advise pet owners to bring their animals inside during extreme temperatures, and urged this dog’s owner to do just that repeatedly. We are continuing to closely monitor this developing situation.”

  • Thatguy

    Anyone call MPD? The right officer might be able to do more.

  • Duponter

    That dog is as good as dead. You can bet it now. Someone should have gone in and gotten it and faced the consequences.

    My guess is the owner probably is breeding fight dogs with her and wouldn’t surprise me if that was what he was arrested for.

    So good job on a lot of bureaucracy and no action. We need to step up more frequently than we do. I feel terrible I didn’t immediately just go get the dog.

    • Tsar of Truxton

      The owner of the home (who was apparently arrested) is not the owner of the dog, so that is not likely the reason he (or she) was arrested. Hopefully, this will lead to some action on animal cruelty laws in the city.

      • Shawnnn

        Damn the difference.

    • stacksp

      It’s probably his money maker, so I wouldn’t rush to that conclusion so fast.

    • madmonk28

      Yeah probably dead, probably better off.

  • sg7

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaare you fucking kidding me.

  • asdf

    That “update” from the “Humane Rescue Alliance” makes absolutely no sense. So the owner was arrested this afternoon on an unrelated charge, then was released, then came to take the dog away? Huh?

    Also, who sets the standards for what a suitable outdoor dog shelter is? In what world is a plywood box with no door, and some straw on the ground a shelter for a short haired dog in sub-freezing temperatures? Plus, it definitely has NO access to water in sub-freezing temps! Any water you put out for it is FROZEN solid!

    I say people who make these weak ass laws should volunteer to sleep naked in a plywood box with no door over a bed of straw in sub-freezing temps, with no water, for 72 hours too. Scumbags. That includes this idiotic and suspiciously apathetic “Humane Rescue Alliance” too.

    I’ve seen more than a few dogs left outdoors this weekend in the Columbia Heights neighborhood. Can’t say how long, for sure, but it’s disconcerting.

    • Shawnnn

      The law was no doubt weak, but also sufficiently vague that authorities could quite easily have done something today when it was under 20 degrees outside. That dog clearly had no access to water. The excuses are excuses and nothing more. If these people cannot do their jobs, find people who can.

      And let’s demand the city government cut down on this bullshit. Pass stricter animal welfare laws in the city.

      • cass

        It’s strange. It seems like HRA gets to determine what adequate shelter is, and could have stated that a wood box and straw in sub-freezing temperatures isn’t good enough. So they could have taken the dog and fined/arrested the dog’s owner. Unless in previous instances, they’ve gone to court, and HRA couldn’t present experts to disprove the dog owners who somehow convinced a judge/jury that a wood box is indeed adequate shelter.

      • JH

        I contacted the Animal Legal Defense Fund ALDF.org to see if they can come help district residents pass better laws to protect dogs like Momma and shine a light on this situation. I encourage others to write them and do the same. DC lawmakers need to be taken to task here and we residents need to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

        http://aldf.org/about-us/contact-us/

        If the DC laws are such crap that this was allowed to happen, they need to be changed. As we have seen before, often we residents can’t push the change until we get the media involved. She should have been pulled by HRA this morning with no water and under 20 degrees out.

    • CVR

      If HRA had the authority to do something about this poor dog they would have. Don’t blame them for the lax laws the city has on the books, blame our lawmakers. HRA can only do what they are allowed to. I’m 100% positive it was killing them that they couldn’t rush in and do more.

      • Shawnnn

        If it is 20 degrees or below outside at night, there is no way that dog had access to water. This is nonsense. The law is lax, but it is also vague. If HRA wrongly assessed the situation and took the dog despite the shelter being later deemed adequate, so be it. That dog might have had a warm place to sleep during the two coldest nights we’ve had.

    • Anonymous

      Re: your first question. The owner of the home (i.e the person arrested) and the owner of the dog (i.e. the person retrieved the dog) are not the same person. It’s a bit confusing so you have to read carefully.

      • asdf

        Ok, I read that again. So, is the dog owner the resident of the home? If not (doesn’t seem like it, based on that video), why is there a dog being kept at this location with no responsible care or oversight?

        If they can’t get these assholes on an animal cruelty charge, it looks like there’s some other illegal shenanigans at play here. This just all boils down to the dysfunctional bureaucracy of dc lawmakers and authorities.

        • Shawnnn

          To me, this is precisely the valve HRA should have used. How could the owner possibly know if the dog was okay if the dog wasn’t in his custody? Period. And if the homeowner and tenants refused to take responsibility, that should have been the sufficient legal recourse needed to remove the dog.

          HOW ABOUT SOMEONE CALL A F***ING LAWYER NEXT TIME?

        • Anonymous

          No, the homeowner, dog owner, and residents are all different people. Like I say, it’s a complicated situation so while some of your conclusions might be correct you should read up on the details.

  • JH

    I saw this video posted as well, from before the owner ran away with Momma. Apparently he called the cops on them.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeeX4aRyO9o

  • Jake Hill

    I wish people was this outrageous about the crime happening in DC. But I guess since it’s a certain group committing crime against each other and sometimes others (depending on who) it’s not that big of a deal. Hopefully that dog is somewhere safe now.

    • Shawnnn

      You must be new here. Feel free to check the comments of any other crime related post on Prince of Petworth.

  • Petitioner

    Consider signing this petition to let DC City Council this is an unacceptable standard for the treatment of animals in the District. https://www.change.org/p/dc-city-council-strengthen-animal-cruelty-laws-in-dc

    • Tsar of Truxton

      Someone should send this to local and national rescue organizations. I am sure it could gain some serious traction.

  • dcspring

    If you’ve been following the case of Momma today, it’s still not resolved, despite statements made to the media following significant attention from concerned citizens. Make sure we prevent this from happening again. Please sign this petition.
    https://www.change.org/p/dc-city-council-strengthen-animal-cruelty-laws-in-dc?recruiter=65623370&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink

  • anon

    Brandon Todd is going to introduce legislation tomorrow to address problems like this. We just need to be careful it doesn’t provide a platform to euthanize TNR cats.

    • madmonk28

      Wow, and all it took was weeks and weeks of Todd doing nothing and then the media getting involved.

  • Anonymous

    According to a tweet by Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd, he will be introducing legislation tomorrow to strengthen the extreme weather animal cruelty laws in DC. Kudos to Todd for listening to the people and great grassroots effort by neighbors to effect change!

  • mfldc

    Just received the following message from Ward 4 Councilman Brandon Todd:

    Today, after working with the Humane Rescue Alliance, the Department of Health, and the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services, I can confirm that Momma has been taken inside and will not spend tonight out in the cold.

    Tomorrow, at the first Legislative Meeting of Council Period 22, I will introduce the Extreme Weather Protection for Animals Act of 2017. This legislation will address the regulatory gaps that allowed for Momma’s sad story to occur and prevent future abuse of any dog in the District of Columbia.

    I take animal welfare extremely seriously. It is our Government’s responsibility to look out for and protect our friends who cannot protect themselves. I appreciate the engagement and compassion of the Ward 4 community. The outpouring of concern for Momma and other animals that needlessly suffer is truly heartwarming. I will continue to work with advocates, residents, and other stakeholders to ensure that our laws provide the protections our animals need.

    To stay updated on my future legislative initiatives, please sign up for my weekly newsletter at http://www.brandontoddward4.com/.

    Thank You,

    Brandon T. Todd
    Councilmember, Ward 4
    Chairman, Committee on Government Operations
    Office of Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon T. Todd
    1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Ste 105
    Washington, D.C. 20004

    [email protected]
    Office: (202) 724-8052
    Fax: (202) 741-0908
    @CMBrandonTodd
    brandonttodd

    • FridayGirl

      Yeah!

  • Guillermo Brown

    Guy in the video is from the Tabron family. Been getting in trouble in the neighborhood since as long as I can remember. Here’s some literature on them…really nice family: https://www.dea.gov/pubs/pressrel/pr111501b.html

    • anon

      The owner is one of the guys listed here and he’s out of prison? That’s crazy.

      • anon

        Previously posted above: Abdul is actually Antonio Tabron, the owner of the dog. He is the man in the red coat in the video taking the dog away. He has been actively been involved in narcotics distribution on Randolph and 13th St, along his family members: Montie Tabron and Antoine Tabron. The dogs are only one part of the enterprise.

        Hopefully they will stop selling heroin and using prostitutes as intermediaries in the neighborhood as well. Neighbors are sick of finding needles on the sidewalk. We already have laws on the books for narcotics distribution, just not enough resources apparently. That and sentencing that treats these guys like boy scouts. You did see that according to court documents, Antonio apparently shot someone in the nineties (Steve St. John, 1996), was subsequently shot himself (1999), procured an AK-47 to someone and was responsible for distribution of 1.5 kilos of crack. The gun procurement was somehow dismissed Or, did you not look that closely into his background in publicly available court documents? Hope the dog is ok, but I hope that this person and his family do no more damage to our community!

  • anon

    It’s great that the dog is inside, but is she still under the care of the terrible people who allowed this to happen in the first place? Or has she been properly removed from the house and is being cared for by people who will help her recover from the awful treatment she’s been subject to so far.

  • Tsar of Truxton

    Hopefully, this law includes extreme heat in its extreme weather definition. Dogs shouldn’t be left or for long periods in either situation, which in DC means they should not be left out 8-9 months out of the year. I personally would love it to prohibit leaving animals out overnight regardless of the weather, but that is probably too optimistic on my part. I also hope it increases the penalties for those who violate the law.

    • madmonk28

      This will take another dog slowly dying in the heat while Todd does nothing until it somehow gets in the news, then he’ll leap into action.

  • HHGG

    Contact your representatives! I just emailed Bowser’s office. I used to work in an office (with a legislator) and believe me they really cared when 75 calls (not even that many) were received on a proposed sugar tax. Not enough people reach out, so when a few do, they take action.

  • Christina

    Does anyone have any more updates on this? My whole night was spent worrying if this evil “owner” put Momma right back outside once no one was looking

    • Anon

      I was thinking the same thing. I know other people who have commented who live in the area said that they had planned on keeping an eye on this for us… maybe they’ll check back in a update us.

      • Anon

        *and update us.

  • Christina

    I really hope so. Im thinking about driving by there on my back home after work.

  • dcspring

    We are still uncertain of Momma’s current welfare. We believe she is inside the property, but the owner of the home was arrested and the dog owner lives in MD. Please keep asking Humane Rescue Alliance for welfare checks. God forbid this dog disappears like Princess.

    • textdoc

      I thought the dog owner was seen taking her away. No? (I figured he probably took her to MD and has her outdoors there.)

  • textdoc

    I don’t understand how the HRA can maintain that Momma’s “shelter” was adequate in subfreezing temperatures, or how they could maintain that she was getting food and water when neighbors said there was no food in the pen and any water in the giant orange bucket (which is hardly suitable as a water bowl) would have been frozen.
    .
    “As difficult as the video was to watch, people should understand that this situation with the dog’s shelter does not violate District law; the dog had shelter, in a wooden structure that is raised with straw bedding; the dog was being fed and given water.”

    • stacksp

      Could one argue that she was fed fresh food everyday and the reason no food was visible is because she ate it and likewise for the water?

      • textdoc

        IIRC, the Petworth News article said that the neighbors had noticed that there was a bag of dog food visible, but that it was covered with snow. So they could tell it hadn’t been touched since before the snow began.

        • stacksp

          I saw that but playing devils advocate couldnt one argue that yes, the bag of food was left out and got messed up due to the weather so ive been feeding her from food kept in the house. I just never through that bag away….

        • Anonymous

          Yes, but there are other bags of dog food in the world. That that particular one had not been touched does not prove that the dog was not being fed.

        • textdoc

          I wrote a comment that my browser crashed and ate.
          .
          In theory, the food could be provided from somewhere else… but the conventional wisdom with animals is that water is supposed to be available at all times.

  • Even with emergency legislation who will be left to enforce it? The Washington Humane Societies Humane Law Enforcement department is not funded by the government. What will the non-profit do with all the outdoor dogs that will have to be impounded because of this legislation?

    • textdoc

      IIRC, WHS (now HRA) has a contract with the city to provide animal-control services. But perhaps that contract needs more funding, so as to provide for additional officers, enforcement activities, etc.

      • That’s for Animal Control services, not Humane Law Enforcement who operate off of a congressional charter and are charged with enforcing the animal cruelty code. They are completely funded by donors, no government contract. Where will they put the 100+ animals (think cats too) that will need to be removed due to this legislation?

        • textdoc

          Whoa — I thought Humane Law Enforcement was part of the contract for Animal Control services. Yikes. Law enforcement shouldn’t be operating off of donations.

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