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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - A dog has been left alone outside after its owner went to the hospital in January. Neighbors say the dog only gets food and water twice a month.

They've called Mesa Animal Control to help, but animal control officers will not take the dog.

A relative apparently stepped in after the owner of the dog had a stroke January 4th. Animal control seems satisfied that the dog is receiving limited care, neighbors are outraged.

Every day since January 4th, a chow spends its days barking in a small yard filled with feces.

"This is not a happy place for a dog," said Kenneth Blackley.

Kenneth Blackley lives nearby and started dropping buckets of food and water over the gate for the dog.

"Eventually the smell of the feces became too strong, and my wife said we have to call animal control over this," he said.

Mesa Animal Control officers came on April 29th, they gave the caretaker 24 hours to respond to allegations of unlawful unsanitary premises, and cruelty to animals. No one responded, and officers did not come back to the home until the following Monday, six days later.

Although no one will come forward, animal control will not take the dog out of its situation.

"You have to understand from the owners perspective; she's in the hospital and cannot do anything to help her dog, so she made accommodations for someone to take care of her dog, and if they're doing that then we cannot remove the dog," said Diane Brady with Mesa Animal Control.

Neighbors say someone has been coming by to give the dog food and water, but they only come every two weeks. By that time the water was murky and the food was covered in ants.

"It's run out of water before, when i've given it water before it drank for fifteen minutes straight, that's how thirsty it was," said Blackley.

"You cannot remove a dog because of unsanitary premises, you can only remove a dog if it's in imminent danger or if it does not have any food or water," said Brady.

To prove that the dog is not being cared for Kenneth and his neighbors have to stop helping the dog.

"They told me to stop feeding it and stop giving it water, and I feel that's not right to let it die this way as the weather gets hotter and hotter," said Blackley.

Animal control did get in contact with the owner, she said she had no idea that the dog is being neglected.
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