Dogs abandoned in Arlington neighborhood
August 27, 2008 · Updated 4:10 PM
ARLINGTON Moray Staiger wants people to stop abandoning dogs on her road.
They were starving and sweltering in 100-degree weather, said Staiger of the two dogs her children found in their neighborhood, July 11, on Wade Road in Arlington.
Staiger, a technician at the Northwest Veterinary Clinic in Arlington, estimated that the male and female Malamutes had been abandoned in the area at least a month beforehand. She wants pet owners to know that they have more humane options for no longer caring for such animals.
They look like an old breeding pair, Staiger said. They must have been wandering from house to house, hoping to find someone who would feed them. Instead, theyve had firecrackers shot at them, to keep them off homeowners property. My son and daughter found them on the property of an 85-year-old man whos too old to care for them. Nobody knew what to do.
Staiger is housing the pair until she can find them a more permanent home, but these two arent the only pets shes seen dropped off in her neighborhood.
There must have been four dumped dogs on this street in the past year and a half, Staiger said. People probably think theyre going to get fed, but theyre not. Most of us already have pets and cant afford to take in any more.
Staigers children have named the dogs Max and Molly, and Staiger described both as friendly animals, although she admitted that Mollys health is much worse than Maxs.
Because of her joint problems, shes much more malnourished, Staiger said. Before she got anti-inflammatory medicine, she couldnt even move. She would have died.
Max is not neutered, and Molly is still regaining weight. The Northwest Veterinary Clinic is still completing their health checks, but Staiger thinks the dogs are pretty good otherwise.
Theyre beautiful purebreds, housebroken and very adoptable, Staiger said. They were very loved at one point, and theyre very good with other animals. Theres no reason why they had to go through this. There are all sorts of people who are willing to help, especially with taking well-behaved pets like these. You can call any veterinary clinic and get a listing of the services that are available to you. All you have to do is sit down with your phone for a few moments. I want to make sure this doesnt happen again.
To learn more about the Malamutes, call Staiger at 360-658-6406. The Northwest Veterinary Clinic of Arlington is located at 134 N. West Ave, and can be reached at 360-435-3011.