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Who'll Let The Dogs Out?

Posted by: Chris Palmeri on February 1, 2008

The Los Angeles Times has a sad story today about pets that get left behind after a home is foreclosed on.

sad dogMost apartment buildings won’t allow dogs and so even caring pet owners find themselves in a bind when losing their homes. A Realtor reports seeing pets chained in the yard or locked inside. Shelters say they’re getting more animals sent to them by struggling homeowners. Big shocker: nearly 60% of the dogs and cats sent to the Los Angeles County pound get put to sleep.

One of the unexpected victims of the mortgage meltdown.

Reader Comments

Amy Shever

February 2, 2008 12:13 PM

Abandoning pets has been going on for a long time but just now getting more attention due to the large number of foreclosures. Even if the people who are leaving their pets behind are irresponsible, we all can do something about this. We can help by encouraging local animal control to get involved and monitor homes that are being left due to foreclosures. Neighbors can help by contacting local shelters & rescue groups to alert them when animals are left behind. There are hundreds of volunteers involved in animal rescue. Contact information for these groups can be found at


February 10, 2008 2:21 PM

PLEASE People!!

Keep your eyes open for this in your own neighborhoods!! It should be a serious CRIME to abandon your pets like this, leaving them to DIE!!

How can anyone be that HEARTLESS?? With so many breed rescue groups and shelters, please PLEASE just drop them off with someone like that! At least they will have a chance!!

And finally, PLEASE don't ever get a dog or cat if it isn't going to be considered a family-member FOR LIFE!!
I would beg in the streets for food before I ever left my beloved dogs behind--It would NEVER HAPPEN!!

God Bless the Animals- they are without choice and without a voice!!

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BusinessWeek editors Chris Palmeri, Prashant Gopal and Peter Coy chronicle the highs and lows of the housing and mortgage markets on their Hot Property blog. In print and online, the Hot Property team first wrote about the potential downside of lenders pushing riskier, "option ARM" mortgages and the rise in mortgage fraud back in 2005—well ahead of many other media outlets. In 2008, Hot Property bloggers finished #1 in a ranking of the world's top 100 "most powerful property people" by the British real estate website Global edge. Hot Property was named among the 25 most influential real estate blogs of 2007 by Inman News.

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