It may have been in the 70s just recently, but we are New Yorkers and we all know that Mother Nature is just toying with us.
THE COLD IS COMING.
So we wanted to remind dog owners of the New York statute regarding dog houses.
The law mandates that dogs left outside in inclement weather, (which includes heat, rain, ice, wind, and cold), have a minimum standard of housing.
The law takes into account the breed and condition of the dog.
Obviously, the shelter requirements for a Huskie are different than those for a Chihuahua, but even a Huskie must have some shelter.
It provides humane and practical standards for the shelter, also taking into account what dogs actually need for their health, safety, and comfort. It must be waterproof, sufficiently insulated to account for the weather and the needs of the breed using the house.
It must be big enough for the dog to stand, turn around and lie down comfortably.
It must be able to be cleaned and kept clean enough to prevent health hazards.
Shade must also be provided when the dog is in direct sunlight.
An owner can be fined for not providing an adequate shelter and the dog can be seized.
The dog will only be returned once an adequate shelter is in place.
The fine is usually reduced by the amount an owner spends to correct the problem, for example, the cost of a dog house.
If you know of a situation where you suspect that a dog does not have adequate shelter you should call your local dog control officer to look into it.
But really, it is always better to bring dogs in for the cold weather.
It’s safer for them and they enjoy your company.
You are, after all, the leader of the pack and they want to be with you, preferably snuggled up in bed.
Well maybe not the Huskie, but definitely the Chihuahua.
Think how much you will save in heating bills, too.
Speaking of new houses, the Oswego County Humane Society is moving just down the street.
Our office and clinic will now be located at 110 W. Second St., Oswego, NY.
Phone: (315) 207-1070.
Email: [email protected]
The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.
Because People and Pets Are Good for Each Other!