A granny surnamed Zheng from Xi’an has adopted dozens of stray dogs and keeps them all in her tiny apartment. As you might expect, she has received numerous complaints from neighbors. But Granny Zheng says that she simply can’t live without her pups.
Now 78 years old, Granny Zheng used to work as a cleaner. After her husband passed away, she supported herself and her daughter by picking up garbage and collecting scrap. However, after her daughter got married, Zheng rarely hears from her anymore, only knowing that she now has a 10-year-old grandson.
According to NetEase, there are supposed to be five households on Granny Zheng’s floor, but currently it’s only her that lives there. The landlord has found it impossible to rent out the other apartments nearby because the smell from Zheng’s room drives people away the second they come out of the elevator.
During the daytime, Zheng goes out to collect garbage; when she gets home in the evening, dozens of dogs run into the hallway and make quite the ruckus. Inside Zheng’s cramped apartment, there is a 1-meter-tall stack of garbage piled up against the wall, emitting a noxious odor.
A man surnamed Peng used to be one of Granny Zheng’s neighbors. He told reporters that it got a little more liveable after cleaners would clean the hallway daily, but his family still couldn’t stand the smell and finally moved out after a year. “Zheng’s life is really tragic. She makes a living collecting garbage and she has pick up leftovers from restaurants to feed all her dogs, but the number of stray dogs she has adopted is just way too large,” he said.
A worker at the apartment building where Zheng lives says that they have to clean Zheng’s hallway twice a day, even spraying air fresheners and disinfectant. In order to make sure that other residents aren’t bothered by the dogs, the landlord has hired two security guards with sticks. Meanwhile, Granny Zheng hasn’t paid her property management fee in 3 years.
Granny Zheng never argues with neighbors who complain about her and her dogs. She told reporters that she was too poor to afford a television when her daughter was in her teens, so she bought a dog instead. “Who knew that I would create some such a bond with my first dog. I fell in love with these lovely creatures and started adopting them,” Zheng remembers. “Now my daughter has left me, but I have so many dogs to keep me company.”
Zheng said that she would be willing to send her dogs to other people, as long as they really love dogs and would not abuse them.
However, she says that she could never give all her pooches away. “My dogs and I depend on each other. I can’t image a life without them,” she says.
So, what should Granny Zheng do? Send most of her beloved friends away or continue to live without neighbors?
By Sophie Wang
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