I received a phone call this morning from someone who is concerned about a neighbor dog and they were looking for advice. The dog seems to be put outside whenever they are home and then brought inside whenever they leave. When the dog is outside it is put inside of a little fenced in square they have in the yard.
The concern isn’t so much about that, even though in my opinion, I don’t feel people should have a dog unless they are actually going to pay attention to it. It’s more about the nonstop barking for one. Although ignoring your pet is going to cause barking and other behavior issues (and who’s fault is this?…not the dog’s. Just saying). The other concern is, it just turned very cold here, and the dog is being left in the cold for hours at a time. This dog has no doghouse to go into and there are no leaves on trees anymore to block the brutal winds.
The other side to this is people see them kissing and hugging the dog, so they seem to care. My take is they are just irresponsible.
I was asked who they should call. This is where it gets confusing to me and I am hoping you can help. Winter is here and there are going to be animals left out in the cold. What do we do?
I feel if you call the police or the community services people this puts the dog at risk of being taken away or a chance his caretakers (I hate the word “owner”) will be forced to bring him to a shelter where a worse fate may wait.
Don’t misunderstand me, if I see a dog being left out in freezing weather for an unreasonable amount of time, I am going to do something about it! But what?
Do you try to talk with the people about it first? If so, what do you say?
Will anyone really help them or rescue them if they truly are in danger? I see so many articles out there about people reporting a dog chained outside in brutal temperatures, frozen water bowls, no shelter, and the dog isn’t rescued for years.
Do any of you have any tips or knowledge about laws on this in the United States? Even if you aren’t in the United States, what are your laws?
Looking forward to your responses. Stay warm this winter (and your pets too).