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A small group of Tacoma, Washington neighbors and animal lovers took the law into their own hands when they rescued a dog that appeared to be severely neglected and abused.
When a concerned neighbor of Steven Lee Jr, whose father owns the dog named Kiki, took photos of the emaciated dog and posted them to Facebook along with the address where she was living, a small group was formed to go in and rescue her.
“The dog was clearly starving and in really bad shape so we got a group of us and go over there,” Autumn Niesz-Ramos, who admitted to taking Kiki, told Fox13.
The group of four entered Lee’s property where Kiki was chained alongside a dog house. They cut the chain and carried Kiki away.
“The dog could barely stand up she was so weak,” said Niesz-Ramos. “She was shaking, she was so cold.”
The group rushed the dog, whose owner admits she was not well, to a veterinarian. The chain used to tie her up was so tight it had become embedded in her neck.
The dog was then handed over to the local Humane Society in hopes that she would be better cared for.
Unfortunately, Kiki’s owner simply went and picked her back up.
Now, an animal control investigation is ongoing into whether or not Kiki is being abused or neglected to determine if the dog should be seized. Although, to any onlooker, the emaciated dog, almost too weak to stand, with an embedded chain collar is clearly not being well cared for.
Niesz-Ramos asserts, “I don’t think I stole her, I think I saved her.”
So, what would YOU do?