Marino reached out to city officials, and an animal control officer came to the scene. Based on an initial assessment, however, the officer determined the dogs were not in imminent danger — and declined to take them away.
Rather, the officer left what county spokeswoman Carrie Horstman calls a "24-hour abandonment notice" on the home's front door. That means, Horstman explained to The Dodo in an email, animal control would return the next day "to check and see if the dogs had actually been abandoned."
"If you think about it this way, the owners may have been gone a mere matter of hours," she said. "We have no way of knowing this, and we can’t just take someone’s dogs out of their yard if they aren’t there unless the dogs are in distress."