Everyday I take the MRT I see a huge dog (sorry i don’t know what’s his breed but it’s HUGE and unusual in Taiwan) locked in a cage outside an animal hospital. At the first time i thought it belonged to some customer but after a whole week the dog was still there. So i walked into the animal hospital. (I wasn’t thinking too much)
The vet was happy to see me at first. But when I mentioned the dog outside he gave me a shit face and lost his interest talking to me.
“Excuse me. Does the big dog outside belong to your customer?”
(with a shit face) “No. It’s mine.”
“Then… ( I was trying to pretend to chat with him because i really wanted to know how does he treat the dog) do you take him out everyday?”
Then he tried to give me a hint that i am not welcome there so i walked out the hospital. I looked into the dog’s eyes and he looked very,very sad and the cage was just enough to put him in. I got on the bus and couldn’t help but thinking how the hell can the dog live his life like this? No the dog doesn’t have a choice.
The other day i was outside the hospital again and a few people was loooking at the dog. i talked to one of the guy there.
“Don’t you think that it’s kinda abusing animal keeping him in such a small cage?”
“Do the owner walk him?”
“He told me it depends. And i don’t even want to think exactly how often the dog gets to walk…you know,just to walk.”
“What can the owner do? Where can he walk him? And do you know how dangeous is that type of dogs? What if he hurt people?”
“If you walk him with a lead then i suppose it’s fine.”
“Do you know how strong is that dog? You probably need 2 or 3 people to hold him!”
“Maybe in Taiwan we shouldn’t have a huge pet like that. It’s not fair to the dog if you keep him in a small cage like that. Look at him! He’s huge but can only crouch in that cage.”
After that conversation i was frustrated. Somebody should do something. I’m actually afriad to walk pass the hospital cuz i don’t want to see that poor dog. The dog always sit in his cage looking out the main road while cars running and people walking by. I wonder what’s he thinking. Maybe he wasn’t thinking anything. Maybe he’s fine with the way it is now. Maybe he doesn’t know how’s it like if he doesn’t have to be in the cage all day. I e-mailed to one of the organizations that helps dogs whatever. And of course no one wrote me back. I tried the Mayor Ma’s mail box and nothing happened as usual. Is it me? I worry too much? Or it’s just simply not my business? Like,i know that dog is not being treated properly but i should not interfere?