My sister who was married a couple of weeks ago has a gorgeous little pug dog. Wolfie is a true cutie pie. Her new husband has a Rhodesian Ridgeback – Boxer cross (big dog) named Bibi. They have been worried about having the dogs live together as Wolfie is still in the “I want to be your friend, look at me, look at me, jumping all over the place” puppy stage and Bibi is an older dog. So Bibi was living in my sister’s husband’s house which he presently rents out. He made a special deal with the tenants in exchange for cheaper rent.
The tenants embraced the cheaper rent but failed to embrace the responsibilities that came with it. To say these tenants were deadbeats is an understatement. My brother-in-law came over to walk Bibi every morning, all he asked the tenants to do was feed her in the evenings and make sure she had fresh water. Time after time Bibi was hungry in the mornings and had spent the whole day without fresh water.
Bibi was obviously unhappy living there and escaped from the property twice, ending up at the pound. In addition to not looking after the dog, the tenants weren’t looking after the house. It was full of garbage, empty beer bottles. Several windows were smashed and never repaired. Then the tenants stopped paying their rent, citing financial strife. My brother-in-law had had enough. He served them with eviction notices.
They retaliated immediately, trashing the house. Worst of all, they did something so cruel I can’t even begin to fathom it. They fed Bibi rat poison. My sister and new husband came home from their honeymoon to find Bibi bleeding from mouth and anus, close to death. The tenants were nowhere to be found.
Bibi was rushed to the vet. It was a miracle she survived. The ingestion of rat poison can cause you to slowly bleed to death as it prevents your blood from clotting. Bibi was given lots of fluids and Vitamin K injections which cause the blood to clot again. It looks like she’ll be O.K. She is now living with my sister and her husband and Wolfie. Everything is going well. She tolerates Wolfie as one does a cheeky younger sibling. You can almost see her raising her eyebrows at some of his antics.
The police are looking for the tenants. Among other things they will be charged with animal cruelty which can attract jail time. I think as part of their sentence they should be fed rat poison then locked alone in a room to see what happens. It only seems fair.