There are many different types of animal neglect that occur all the time. The busy single person that has a dog but works 12 hours a day 7 days a week and leaves the dog in the crate when they are gone is a prime example. Often the dog doesn’t complain, doesn’t act out and doesn’t seem to be mistreated, at least when you actually ever see the pet.
Failing to provide adequate exercise, training and companionship is a major form of neglect. Dogs that are simply turned out in the yard all day or perhaps just left out there all their lives are common. These dogs may be problem barkers, or they may just sit quietly by the back door, hoping someone might come out and spend a second or two with them in the yard.
Neglect is hidden and often not evident at first glance. However, a dog, cat or pet that has been neglected has a different temperament. They may be highly timid, even around their owners, or they may be very aggressive as a way to mask their fear and uncertainty. Often the owners say that the animal is mean or untrainable, when in fact it is the animal neglect that as create the problem, one that the pet continues to pay for in solitude.
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