Protecting our dogs
TO THE EDITOR: Dogs belong inside our homes, except when exercised outdoors under our supervision. They shouldn’t be tethered or penned up outdoors for lengthy time periods.
When kept outdoors, New York law requires dogs be adequately sheltered. The law specifically requires the shelter have a waterproof roof; be structurally sound with insulation appropriate to local climatic conditions and sufficient to protect the dogs from inclement weather; be constructed to allow each dog adequate freedom of movement to make normal postural adjustments, including the ability to stand up, turn around and lie down with limbs outstretched; and allow for effective removal of excretions, other waste material, dirt and trash.
The memorandum in support of this legislation noted that complaints about inadequate dog shelters are among the most frequent that are made to police and to humane societies.
“Stories of dogs that die frozen to the ground, from extreme heat, or from other complications, due to exposure to the elements, continue to appear,” the memo said. This legislation was designed to permit police and other cruelty investigators to better protect “man’s best friend.”
Sadly, however, all too often patrol deputies drive by dogs with inadequate or no shelter, taking no corrective actions. I hope the Clinton County sheriff will remind the department of the sheltering law and the need for strict enforcement.
And, because police officers can’t observe all sheltering-law violations, it is important anyone knowledgeable of specific violations call local humane societies, police or sheriff’s department. Call 911 if the dog is in imminent danger.
Animal Rights advocates of Upstate New YorkPublic Education CommitteeCanandaigua
TO THE EDITOR: Over the past three to four years, Congressman Bill Owens, you have endorsed a few letters about my initiative to establish a State Veterans Cemetery in Northern New York.