We had a letter to the editer in our local paper a couple of weeks ago.
The auther had called animal control on some people whos dog is chained up outside 24/7 The dog is in my town. I see pass by it all the time.

AC went and checked it out. What they found is this.
1) The dog had food and water
2) He has a dog house
3) The chain looks to be about 10 ft long. I guess that is consideredlong enough.

4) The area is clean.

According to the auther, AC never spoke to the owners, because what they found is not considered crule.
The Auther was upset because the dog is left ouside in all kinds of weather. We had one heck of a heatwave here this summer. She wanted to know what was wrong with some free education. AC was there. Why didn't they knock on the door and give the owner some information on what leaving a dog chained in the yard all the time does for it's spirt. How dogs need company. How they also feel the heat and the cold and get uncomfortable.
AC answer was No laws were being broke, they can't say or do a thing.

How do you all feel about this? Would you consider them being able to come to your door and hand out a few suggestions over stepping what you would be comfortable with?
Do you think it would lead to our rights being stepped on as dogs owners?
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We had a letter to the editer in our local paper a couple of weeks ago. The auther had called ... you would be comfortable with? Do you think it would lead to our rights being stepped on as dogs owners?

Although it is an interesting opinion, Animal Control's job is to police the existing laws, not spread personal opinions on proper care. While I personally disagree with leaving a dog outside on a chain, until it is law it is not their job to tell someone they shouldn't do it. If you have a problem with that, then I suggest Lobbying the government to ban leaving a dog on a chain in poor weather. So in this case, I would say they did exactly what they are supposed to do.
AC went and checked it out. What they found is this. 1) The dog had food and water 2) He ... is clean. According to the auther, AC never spoke to the owners, because what they found is not considered crule.

It wouldn't be where I live, either (not that we have AC where I live).
The Auther was upset because the dog is left ouside in all kinds of weather. We had one heck of ... does for it's spirt. How dogs need company. How they also feel the heat and the cold and get uncomfortable.

Why didn't she complain when the weather was excessively hot or cold? There might have been something AC could have done, then.
AC answer was No laws were being broke, they can't say or do a thing.

Well, AC can't exactly enforce laws that don't exist.
How do you all feel about this? Would you consider them being able to come to your door and hand out a few suggestions over stepping what you would be comfortable with?

I think it would be a huge waste of time and money.
Do you think it would lead to our rights being stepped on as dogs owners?

I'd say there's sometimes a fine line between reporting potential cases of abuse and and being an insufferable busybody.

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If a dog is in medical need, animal control has the right to step in. If it's a case of "old dog", they CAN'T force someone to put them down. And they shouldn't.
But if someone stole my dog because they decided that it was "time" when I hadn't, there would be a war on their hands.
This woman is a theif. She deserves more than she got.
If a dog is in medical need, animal control has the right to step in.

Of course, but the description was not of a dog in medical need.
If it's a case of "old dog", they CAN'T force someone to put them down. And they shouldn't.

Agreed.
But if someone stole my dog because they decided that it was "time" when I hadn't, there would be a war on their hands.

Absolutely.
This woman is a theif. She deserves more than she got.

I didn't read that thread, so I can't comment.

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How do you all feel about this? Would you consider ... few suggestions over stepping what you would be comfortable with?

I think it would be a huge waste of time and money.

I really have to disagree here.
I've posted about this program before, so here it is again: http://www.animalsheltering.org/resource library/magazine articles/may jun 2001/training wheels.html

While I doubt that AC would be in a position to do this very well, there are chapters of Training Wheels popping up all over the country (Jane Koppelman is the National Director, and she travels all over the country setting up resources and training teams..and she's quite cool).

So, no, I don't think that sort of thing is a waste of time or resources at all. Anything that improves the dog's life, and helps to educate the owners (even if it has to be done slowly) so that they don't continue the neglect with subsequent dogs is totally worth it, imo.
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I really have to disagree here. I've posted about this program before, so here it is again: http://www.animalsheltering.org/resource library/magazine articles/may jun 2001/training wheels.html

I think Training Wheels sounds like a great program. However, it isn't what I was envisioning when the OP described AC going from door to door, handing out pamphlets.
So, no, I don't think that sort of thing is a waste of time or resources at all. Anything that ... has to be done slowly) so that they don't continue the neglect with subsequent dogs is totally worth it, imo.

I think it would depend on the implementation. There are effective ways to be proactive and educational, and thoroughly ineffective ways to go about it.

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The auther of letter point was..AC was already at the house. Why not knock on the door and have a few words with the owner. Not make special trips.
How would people take to that? Would they listen, would they be angry?
The auther of letter point was..AC was already at the house. Why not knock on the door and have a few words with the owner. Not make special trips. How would people take to that? Would they listen, would they be angry?

I don't think there is any way to guage how "people" might react to that. I imagine it would depend on the person, the circumstances, and how the AC officer handled the situation.

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