So I’m just curious how people react when they see a child or an elderly person being mistreated or not being cared for properly. Do you make that phone call to Protective Services? Do you alert the authorities to what you have seen or what you think is taking place?
I was in Walmart and saw a child being jerked by his arm, by his father. It wasn’t just once to get the child to walk beside him, the father was doing it constantly and I wasn’t the only one that was witnessing it. The child was crying and you could tell he was in pain. I wanted to call CPS but I was in the middle of Walmart shopping for some quick items and didn’t have my phone. What would you do?
Lately, on Facebook and the news there have been videos of elderly people being abused by caretakers at assisted living facilities or nursing homes. I’ve often wondered, if the people that were shooting the video was reporting it to APS -Adult Protective Services. If you saw or visited a home or received a message or a phone call from someone stating that an elderly family member was not being taken care of properly or was being abused or neglected, would you make that call? Would you make that call if the caretakers just couldn’t properly help the elderly person or family member? It doesn’t even have to be an elderly person but just someone in the family. Would you or could you make that call on a friend or another family member or just someone you are witnessing in the store?
If you saw an animal tied outside, or chain, without water or feed, in bad weather or even in good weather, what would you do? I would probably get arrested for trespassing because I would not be able to walk away. Its just like people being abuse or neglected. If you are responsible for an animal, it is part of your family, take care of it that way.
Abuse and neglect are serious regardless of the situation, be it a family member, a friend or a stranger. No one should ever be abused and that includes animals. Neglect is the same thing. However, if you sign up to take care of someone or a pet and then realize you are in over your head, you should reach out for help, call social services or call animal control for whatever it is, person or animal. Don’t just ignore the situation until you can’t get it fixed or under control.