The Bee has a done a couple of heartbreaking stories in past months on pets left behind in foreclosure situations. But the problem continues. Sacramento-based Coldwell Banker real estate agent Donald Stitt has been seeing plenty of it and recently wrote into Home Front with what he's encountered personally Some excerpts:
1) "Out on Hazel Ave. in the backyard of a foreclosed home was a caged extra furry black bunny. The metal cage (it looked like something you would trap a raccoon in) was sitting directly on the ground in the middle of a large weed-infested backyard, out in the direct sunlight, with no food and no water. I was so perplexed at this situation I did not know what to do first.
2) "On Cottage Way, close to Cottage Park, on the side patio of a vacant home, I came across a poor 5" diameter box turtle in a 2 foot long aquarium with about 3 inches of the dirtiest water you've ever seen. This aquarium was sitting diagonally right on the concrete ground, under a Pergola but with no food, no toys, just trapped in this dirty aquarium lonely, hungry and obviously abandoned.
3) "In a vacant "short sale" home in Greenhaven, where supposedly the seller was still coming over every day to take care of the property he was about to abandon, he had also left his dog in a small crate in the hot garage. No water, no food, all day (and night presumably) and despite my pleas, the owner did not take the dog to be with him, but persisted in leaving him in this garage where he barked incessantly when someone was viewing the house. It broke my heart.
"And I can't tell you how many Koi ponds and backyard "water features" that have lovely fish living in them appear to be abandoned with little or no care in the backyards of these foreclosed properties. I'm not sure what the answer is, but getting the word out can't hurt. A Realtor can do very little about these sad situations except for making frantic phone calls because we do not own the property."
"I want people to think about it," he said a few minutes ago. "It's just heartbreaking."
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