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Dog in Arizona no longer forced to live in feces-laden yard

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According to Friday's KPHO News, conditions have improved for the dog who was living alone in the feces-laden yard of a Mesa, Ariz., home.

The Chow-mix's owner was hospitalized in early January after an accident and she had entrusted the care of her pet to a friend - unfortunately, unbeknownst to dog's owner, the friend only stopped by the residence approximately once every two weeks and neighbors had taken on the task of providing food and water, but nobody was able to access the yard to clean up the dog's waste.

In late April, following a visit to the property from animal control, the hospitalized woman was made aware of what was happening, or rather, not happening, with regards to care for her dog.

The dog's owner, along with healthcare workers from the facility where she has been staying, visited the home on Thursday and worked to clean up the area.

The dog's owner left a note for the neighbors who had expressed concern for the dog's welfare:

Thank you for your concern for my dog. I had asked a friend to take care of the dog while I was recuperate from a broken pelvis in a care facility, but apparently that didn't happen. Staff at the care facility will now be helping me care for my dog here at my home until I am released from the care facility next week. I have been in touch with Mesa Animal Care and Control and they now understand the situation. Thank you for your concern and understanding, see you soon!

Neighbors who initially contacted animal control had hoped that the dog would be removed from the yard; animal control officers stated that they were unable to do so because the dog had food and water, and unsanitary conditions were not reason enough for them to seize the dog.

Armed with the knowledge that the dog's guardian is expected to return home next week is cause for relief for those who were concerned about the sad situation.

Prior story here.

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