LONGVIEW (KYTX) - There are many different types of dog abuse, and unfortunately, in Longview, there is plenty of it going on.

Longview has three animal control officers, and in just the last year and a half, they have taken 1664 calls to animal control dispatch. They have picked up a total of 3643 animals in Longview during that time.

Maria Montealvo owns five dogs who all seem to be very happy now, but that wasn't the case when she rescued them.

"Dixie is my oldest one," Montealvo said. "She was beaten, the owners used her as a football. Roxy and Zsazsa, their mother was abandoned in the woods. Hercules was abandoned by his owners and left to starve to death. Sweetie, oh Sweetie, they were cramming her in a mailbox."

These dogs aren't the only Longview animals that are being mistreated. Montealvo said she sees it in her neighborhood every day.

"Don't you know tying them to a tree out here for days and nights isn't good for the animals?" Montealvo said. "No food. No water. No love. No walking. No bathing. No going to the vet. Why do you have these dogs?"

Montealvo has called animal control a handful of times the past year, including once when two pit bulls attacked her and Hercules on a walk.

"The police have been nothing but helpful," Montealvo said. "They want to help. The scary part is most of the time, they're also beating their children or beating their wives when they're mistreating animals."

In the same time span of a year and a half, Longview Animal Control has picked up 894 dogs. Senior animal control officer Chris Kemper said a national trend is spreading in Longview.

"The number of unwanted animals right now is so high nationwide, but even in the city of Longview, we see that," Kemper said.

Kemper said he preaches one main message: spay and neuter, keeping unwanted litter off the streets. He also has another message he wants to get across to people.

"Getting people who have animals to not just have animals but to have pets," Kemper said. "Treat them right, treat them with care. When these things aren't done, it can lead to other bad actions."

For Montealvo, she doesn't want a few owners to create a stereotype for an entire section of Longview.

"There's a lot of good people here," Montealvo said. "Just because a few don't want to face their responsibilities, don't want to look at their life and make changes, why do we have to pay?"



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