Dont Forget The Pets!

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Kinard Realty

While showing home yesterday I had a very bad experience I have to share! Both homes were vacant and both homes were foreclosures. The second home my buyers and I went to had a really strong smell of tobacco in the home and the buyer almost declined going any farther in the home than the living room because of the smell. I urged her to at least check the home out and she did. The property had a large lot with an out building so we went out to check out the property. While standing in front of the out building I suddenly got a strong smell of dog - well you know! I casually looked down at the bottom of my shoes as did the buyers. I apologized and we took a couple of steps away from the building. The building was pad locked and the home had been vacant or on the market for 20 days. We stood discussing both pieces of property and weighting the pros and cons of both listings the buyer had decided to make an offer on the first property I showed her. She asked a couple of lending questions and I told her to let me make a phone call to get the facts needed. I stepped away from the buyer and made my phone call.

I heard commotion from the buyers but, did not know exactly what was happening. I heard the buyer say something and as I was hanging up the phone and turning around I saw the buyer coming around the side of the house crying! She said: " How can someone do this!" The next thing I know the buyers mother came around the house with this little beagle. This poor dog was blind on one eye, was having a terrible time walking and worst of all, some type of tumor on his back hind leg that looked like he might have been biting himself. It was truly terrible! The buyer asked me to help! I didn't know what to do except call 911 who explained they would send someone but the dog would be taken to the pound. The buyer did not want that. The dispatcher advised me if the buyer wanted the dog to take it! The next thing I know the buyers were loading the dog up in their car and no more discussion of buying a home.

I followed up with them today. The dog is not doing very well- They were taken it to the vet this afternoon to see if it could be saved. The dog was left inside of the pad locked building which had a small hole in the side and a small blanket. No food, No water, nothing!

The buyer asked me to contact the listing agent who contacted the seller who of course said the dog does not belong to them. The buyer asked why are the Realtors not responsible for making sure something like that doesn't happen before they place their sign in the front yard.

Needless to say it was and is a bad situation all the way around! 


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