The real victims with foreclosures

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Real Estate Agent with Aksland Real Estate

Many of you know that I come from an area in the country which statistically has more foreclosures than any other part.  There are issues with banks and people trashing the homes and people vandalazing the homes for copper, but that is not the issue with this blog.  This deals with the victims that are often not talked about, which is the household pet.  Many people have just left their dogs or cats in the house or garage, tied up with little or no food or shelter. Sometimes it could be a month or so before a cleanup person or a realtor comes by the house to discern its value and discover the abandoned pet.  Many times it is too late and there is tremendous property damage to the house as a result of the neglect.

The question that comes to my mind is how could someone do that to something that they loved and was a part of their family? At the very least take the animal to the humane society or ASPCA so that it can be adopted out to a family that will care for it.  I understand that there is a lot of anger toward the bank when a house is foreclosed upon, but to leave a pet behind is just outright wrong. A pet trusts that their owners will care for them and feed them, not to leave them to be a problem for someone else.  I just do not understand the reasoning. I do understand that sometimes that they cannot take the pet with them, but there are always other options.

The really sad part is that there are articles in the Associated Press that talk about Stockton and Modesto by name as areas where this is happening more and more frequently.

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Rainer
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Ron Fuhrer
Lehigh Valley PA Homes
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That is sooo terrible! I just can't imagine!
January 31, 2008 03:20 PM
Rainer
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Matthew Zgonc
Realtor, CFS, CVS
Aksland Real Estate
Neither can I, but it is being done more and more often, which is why I am writing about it.
January 31, 2008 03:22 PM
Rainmaker
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Krista Laulainen
Portland - Homes & Real Estate for Sale
Realty Trust Group
wow.  This is a very sad story.  As you point out - wasn't this pet the beloved pet?  Sad story....
January 31, 2008 03:24 PM
Rainmaker
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Sallie Williams
REALTOR - MBA, Baton Rouge
Keller Williams Realty RED STICK PARTNERS
This sounds similar to what happened during Katrina, but at least, in New Orleans the pets' owners had every intention of coming back for them and were not able to do that.  It sounds like something that the Humane Society and local volunteers should get involved in ASAP ... a house to house search of every vacant house in the city.
January 31, 2008 03:26 PM
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Matthew Zgonc
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Aksland Real Estate
I just do not understand the thinking behind it.
January 31, 2008 03:26 PM
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Matthew Zgonc
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Aksland Real Estate
I think that sounds like an excellent idea Sallie, but costs probably would make it impossible. What could be done is that the banks need to get someone over there ASAP after the foreclosure.  That would make a difference. 
January 31, 2008 03:28 PM
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John March
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Matthew,

Sometimes one can be just amazed at the lack of human kindness in the world. It wouldn't take much to do as you suggested. Just a little time

January 31, 2008 03:29 PM
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Matthew Zgonc
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When I saw the article I could not believe it myself; I had not realized it was as big a problem as it was.

January 31, 2008 04:22 PM
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Kevin McGrath
Long & Foster Real Estate Companies
Long & Foster Real Estate Companies- Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania
I do a lot of REO business, and I am glad I have only seen this once. Sorry to hear you are running into it.
January 31, 2008 04:32 PM
Rainer
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Matthew Zgonc
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Aksland Real Estate
I am glad that you have only seen it once Kevin.  It is just tragic.
January 31, 2008 04:33 PM
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Sue Berger
Gladwin MI

I just wrote a post about the same Kevin.  I spoke with our local animal shelter,  they said they've seen an increase in pets being dropped off but not left behind in homes.  Foreclosures and loss of jobs due to plant close downs is hitting our area pretty hard and I'm sure there will be more casualties.  I don't understand how they can leave them behind in their homes,  it makes no sense.  Our local shelter suggested posting the petfinders website to our websites,  blogs, or wherever we thought it might help those who need adopting. 

February 02, 2008 09:16 PM
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Matthew Zgonc
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Good information.  Thanks for the suggestion Sue.
February 05, 2008 10:06 AM
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Roberta LaRocca
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Simply Vegas Real Estate
Matthew, I don't know how anyone could do that to a pet!  The least they could do is take it to a shelter.
February 05, 2008 09:28 PM
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Matthew Zgonc
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It makes absolutely no sense Roberta.  The only thing I can think of is that the sheriff escorted them off the property and they couldn't find the pet.
February 06, 2008 09:45 AM
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Rich Dansereau
Positive Real Estate Professionals
This is a horrible thing for anyone to do to a member of their family that they hopefully loved at some point. I rescued one of my dogs 8 years ago when someone in my former apartment complex moved away and left her on a 2 foot chain on the balcony. When she was discovered after two weeks, she was in bad shape, nearly starved and living in her own feces an urine. After several thousand of dollars in the first few months, she made a full recovery. She is a very happy dog that hopefully does not remember that awful time. I saw a story on the NBC Nightly News on this very topic tonight.
February 09, 2008 07:59 PM
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Steve Shatsky
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This is criminal, unthinkable and cruel.  Period.  Would anyone be forced out of their home and leave their child behind?
February 09, 2008 10:55 PM
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Matthew Zgonc
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Good points, Rich and Steve. Would someone really leave a child behind? Who knows it could be possible.

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