PARIS, Ill. (WTHI) - "Any time you see an animal abused, neglected, being treated cruelly, it is too my business," said Becky Maynard, concerned neighbor.
For five years, neighbors have noticed numerous animals in these cages.
Many times, they say, without food and water in these 90+ temperatures.
"He's had so many animals and he's never taken care of any of them. I mean, the poor things have to step in their poop and pee, they have to lay in it," said Maynard.
Those actions could have been the reason one dog is dead.
"At first it was whining and then it was panting real hard, then it went to its water bowl and stuck its head in…He put his head up and it just kept panting. Going in the hot barrel, then coming back out…Sticking its head in the water bowl," said Maynard.
But the dog's owner isn't breaking the law.
"Dogs, I hate to say this, are considered property of their owner…As long as they have food, water and shelter, it's hard for me to take a dog," said Andrea Gross, Edgar County animal warden.
Maynard called police last night, but someone had already buried the dog when officers showed up.
Police refer to animal control in these instances.
The law says you can't take animals away if they have food, water and shelter. And the definition of shelter is three sides and a top.
"A shelter. A black barrel. In 99 degree weather. I do not consider that shelter. The dog couldn't stay in it. I mean, he couldn't stay in it!" said Maynard.
After seeing the dog's shelter, we decided to check out for ourselves how hot it gets inside one of these black plastic barrels.
We left this one sitting out in the grass and sun for about 1 hour.
The purpose of a shelter is get out of the sun and heat.
So we got out our digital thermometer. Friday afternoon, it said 98 degrees. When put it in the barrel, it actually immediately jumps.
So what is supposed to be shading these animals is actually cooking them.
Gross says it's easy in this weather to get dehydrated, especially for outdoor animals.
But she says it's too late now to save this one, and there's not much they can do now that the dog is dead.
Maynard says the ordinance isn't specific - but it is frustrating.
"A poor dog that looks to somebody to take care of him, that doesn't take care of him, it's very frustrating," said Maynard.
Officials at the Edgar County Animal Shelter say if you see an animal that you believe doesn't have food, water, or shelter, please give them a call.
Paris police are also willing to stop by and check out the situation but they do refer to animal control in most cases.
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