It’s that time of year again.
THE COLD IS COMING. OK, maybe not this week – but it’s coming.
So we wanted to remind dog owners of the New York statute regarding dog houses.
The name of the statute is Agriculture & Markets Law Section 353B. It mandates that dogs left outside in inclement weather, (which includes not only cold but also heat, rain, ice, and wind), 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.
You can find the name and contact information for your dog control officer by just calling your town or city clerk.
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.
And what about people who love their dogs but really can’t afford the cost of an adequate shelter?
Whatever cranky thoughts you might have about people who can’t afford all of the costs of taking care of their pets, they still have pets, many of them strays that they take in out of basic kindness.
Taking their dogs away from them may not be such a good solution for the dog in the long run.
Maybe you have a nice insulated dog house that you no longer use.
How about being a good neighbor and letting your Dog Control Officer know that you have it and would donate it to a family in need?
What a nice thing to do in the spirit of the holidays!
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.
Located at 110 W. Second St., Oswego, NY.
Phone: (315) 207-1070.
Email: [email protected]
Because People and Pets Are Good for Each Other.