Neighbors dispute whether it's animal cruelty

Patricia Holt walks down the same alley every day. "To check on the dog to see if she's still alive," Holt says.
Patricia Holt walks down the same alley every day. "To check on the dog to see if she's still alive," Holt says.
The people who own the dog disagree. "We're calling the police, " the daughter says," She keeps harassing us."
The people who own the dog disagree. "We're calling the police, " the daughter says," She keeps harassing us."
Report by Mika Highsmith - email | bio

TOLEDO (WTOL) - (WTOL) - She's concerned for the well being of a neighbors dog, but the dog's owners say they are too. It's a neighborhood feud that's been going on too long so they're turning to Problem Solver Mika Highsmith.

Patricia Holt walks down the same alley every day. "To check on the dog to see if she's still alive," Holt says. She calls it being neighborly.

The people who own the dog disagree. "We're calling the police, " the daughter says, "She keeps harassing us." According to them, their dog is ok.

Holt feels differently when she looks at the dog, hears her whimpering and sees her excitement to get out. "None takes care of her the way she needs care for," Holt says.

We took a look ourselves. The dog appears to have food and a shelter.

Holt says she can't use it. It's too small for her to get in." She adds, "It rained on her all day yesterday."

The water in her dog dish was frozen. "It just breaks my heart. This dog is not being treated fairly. It is a living thing," says Holt.

So what exactly constitutes being treated fairly?

According to the dog warden, a dog must have food, water and shelter from the elements. In the owners defense, they have passed the test in the past.

Although Holts actions are well intended, the owners see it as a nuisance. The daughter of the family says, "Get off of our property. Mind your own business."

The dog warden and the Humane Society have both been to the property. As long as the dog has food water and shelter, which could be a tree, then the dog is fine. Mika did report the frozen water, so they will check that out.

To avoid situations like this, just think about the rules. If you are concerned, call the Humane Society, but listen to there findings.