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Neighbors Come Together To Save Abandoned Dog

SPOKANE, Wash. - A north Spokane neighborhood joined together to save a dog whose owners abandoned him almost 10 days ago. Neighbors told KHQ the three year old golden retriever mix named "Bear" was left outside of his home with no food, water, or any sign of his owners. After finding out the dog's owners moved out of the area and left him behind because their new home would not take dogs, neighbors took the situation into their own hands.

"It's unthinkable you know," said neighbor Kourtney Startin. "I can't imagine why anyone would abandon a dog, it's like abandoning a child. They're helpless."

At first, Startin and other neighbors threw food over the fence to make sure Bear didn't starve, but eventually got permission from the landlord of the home on Brentwood Road to go into the backyard and give him food, water and love for several days until SCRAPS could legally come and take him.

While our KHQ crews met with neighbors, scraps did come out to the home and took Bear back to the shelter. Neighbors say they can now breathe a major sigh of relief knowing Bear will be ok and hopefully soon be adopted.

"We are all smiles, we are really happy, relieved and forever grateful to all who helped," said Startin. "Especially to SCRAPS for coming out. We just hope Bear now finds a nice loving family."

SCRAPS told KHQ they had been to the home as early as Wednesday after learning about what happened to Bear, but at that time could not legally take him away, and the reason might surprise you. SCRAPS says while they know neighbors thought they were helping Bear by feeding him, it legally made it harder for them to justify taking him, because he was technically not in immediate danger, he had access to shelter and appeared to be well fed.

In the end though, SCRAPS said there was enough evidence Bear was abandoned and then took him into custody Sunday afternoon. He will remain at SCRAPS for the next 5 days while he goes through a series of physical tests. He will be available for adoption as soon as this Saturday.

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