What’s A Girl to do when faced with a missing neighbor and neglected dogs?

The Echo Park homeowner who blogs about her adventures in home renovation at Just A Girl in Her 1911 Craftsman Bungalow usually seeks advice about drywall vs. plaster and paint stripping. But lately she has been seeking help on more serious topics, like what she suspects might be elder and animal abuse in her own neighborhood.

It started when she noticed that the elderly, disabled man named Mario who lived on the corner was gone from his home. A man, woman and teenage girl began dumping junk in the yard on a regular basis. Then, a trio of dogs on the property started barking day and night. She found them chained in a dirty backyard littered with dog feces but not food or water in sight. Some neighbors think the new residents are squatters but Just A Girl doesn’t know for sure. And Mario is still gone.

“I‘m not a social worker– I don’t know much about these things but I am worried. Cerebal Palsy organizations? Animal Abuse experts? I’m in need of info for the next step to take. Even if the next step is just finding out that everything is okay with Mario and that maybe the people are within their rights to only provide the bare necessities for their pets.”

Is she a concerned resident or just a nosy neighbor?
PS: I would rather have a nosey neighbor than someone who is indifferent to what’s going on next door.

Update: Just A Girl has pretty much given up fighting this fight.

Photo: Just a Girl

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