Warning: Incoming rant.
Here we go...
Let me start by saying I love my brother. He helps me out so much, and I probably wouldn't be alive without him. However he should never be allowed to own an animal. He has a baby Red Eared Slider in a spare rabbit cage filled with two inches of water. I explained to him the proper care/how big they get/etc., and told him to take the turtle back to the pet store. He agreed. A week later I go to his house and what do I see? He added a small filter to the "tank". Obviously no intention of taking him back. I was furious, but there is nothing I can do short of taking the turtle, and I just can't do that. Another thing he did. He had a Betta in a half gallon container who had SEVERE SBD. Like for months. So, I took him and spent weeks getting him better. I asked my brother if he wanted him back, and he said I could keep him. So I did. The next time I go over there (a week-ish later) HE HAD ANOTHER BETTA IN A VASE. I just about exploded. So, me and my husband gave him a five gallon tank, a heater, silk plants, a thermometer, and a gravel vacuum. A couple weeks later, he had TAKEN OUT THE HEATER and put it in the the turtle "tank". I was almost in tears out of frustration. No matter what I do, or say, he continues to treat his pets like crap. The Betta's fins are practically melting off, and is obviously stressed, but I know if I offer to take him he'll either say no or he'll just replace him. I can't take it anymore. Then there's the rabbits. He has two rabbits outside in hutches, and while I know they can live outside, Washington (If you don't know, look up the weather) is not the best place for that except in summer. And guess what? He only takes their cages inside if it's snowing heavily. I'm not a rabbit expert, but I can't imagine that's good for them. When they get occasional time outside their cages, it's in a pen, outside, mostly unsupervised. Here, there are TONS of wild animals that would happily take a rabbit. He even told me he saw a hawk on their fence. Seriously?!?!? Then there is the poor dog... She is twelve years old now, and is one of the sweetest dogs I've ever met. They rarely pet or pay any attention to her. They kennel her quite a bit, and often forget she's in there. And this is just all their current pets. There are plenty of others who have been unfortunate enough to end up in their care. I know I'm not responsible for his animals, but seeing them suffer and obviously not get what they need just makes me want to cry and scream at the same time. UGHHH. I don't understand why it's so freaking hard to give animals proper care. Especially when I GIVE HIM EVERYTHING HE NEEDS. I just don't know what to do.
Kindness and respect should be shown to all animals, no matter if they are furry, scaly, big, or small. Be a hero to the animals and GO VEGAN!
Last edited by LinkLover; 08-16-2013 at 01:10 PM.