Post # 1
There a dog in my neighborhood that is in a small chainlink pen and only has an airline crate for shade. There is no shade from any trees nearby and although its’ on the north side of the house, it’s too far from the house to get the house’s shade.
Tomorrow has a high of 96 here in Northern Utah. Poor thing was out there panting with his tougue all the way out and it reached 86 today.
The water has to be hot as tea in his little water dispenser thing.
I’m really considering making an anonymous note saying it’s from the entire neighborhood or from some concerned “children” and putting an old tarp of mine on their doorstep. The tarp could go over the top of the pen and make some shade. The shade is bearable here without the humitidy. I am not confrontational, but if I did talk to them and it went bad, then they will always know who I am.
WWYD? Drop off a note and tarp when no one is looking in the night?
The dog has water and shelter and I presume food. That’s all the law requires.
Post # 3
I would do that or call an animal shelter because they may be able to go over there and see what this poor dog has to go through and remove him/her from the home.
Post # 4
I would call animal control. Even with shade, dogs should not be outside all day in those temperatures.
Post # 5
@megz06: +1. Stories like this make me insane. Why do people even get dogs if they are going to treat them this way? He isn’t a part of your family or allowed in the home, so why have him at all? If he is a “guard dog” then he won’t be too effective if he is dehyrdrated. Ugh, I get all outraged over things like this, so I need to be calm 😛
I would call animal control, if they actually do anything in your area.
Post # 6
You can always call animal control and ask if they have to have shade. I’m guessing so – here in MI where it gets cold animals have to have shelter in the winter and in the summer. A box really isn’t good enough, they have to be able to get warm and cold. Most animal control departments don’t want to take the animal away, if they can improve the situation where it is they’ll do that first.
Post # 7
Yeah I have called a shelter before. They don’t automatically take the animal unless it is very severe, instead they advise of changes that need to be made and then check back to ensure they changes were made. I would call on them
Post # 8
Depending on the state, “shelter” means cover from the elements, which does include shade in the summer. The crate is iffy, because it can trap a lot of heat, so that negates the shade benefit. As far as the water goes, my concern wouldn’t be so much the temperature of the water, but I’d be worried that there wasn’t enough of it. Personally, I’d call animal control and see what happens first. They won’t remove the dog, but they might say that he needs to add a shade or more water, etc. They also will take an anonymous call, so he won’t know who reported him.
Post # 9
Stories like this make me so angry and sad for the poor animal! I would call your local animal control, or at least a (no kill) shelter and make a complaint.
Post # 10
Make the call! And I would probably leave the note, too. Poor dog.. Do they ever let him inside or is he always chained up alone out there? Some people should not be allowed animals.
Post # 11
So he wasn’t outside this AM as I drove by (or maybe he was lying down in the airline crate), maybe he is brought indoors at night? I will bet you his is outside when I drive by at 5:30pm. He’s right next to a south facing fence too, so really getting the brunt of the heat and sun. Not even a tarp!
If I call AC I need to know what the address is, so let me try Google Maps. Maybe I will go home midday to check it out and get the address.
The shelter/humane society here does not do things like welfare and check ups. I have been involved with rescue for 10 years in this valley so I know their limitations.
Post # 12
I would have called animal control already.
Post # 13
I would call animal control for sure, say that you are concerned about possible abuse/neglect. They should at least go look and do a welfare check. Even if they don’t take any further action that might be a wake up call for the owner.
Post # 14
@MrsPanda99: Haha, yep.
There’s a house in my FMIL’s neighborhood and they leave their dogs outside ALL THE TIME. It really irks me.
Post # 15
I need to tell AC an exact address or else they will not drive around in an “general area” – I’ve tried that before! Plus I want them to go there when the dog is actually outside in the heat, so I will jot home midday. Things have to line up for this to work out right.
Post # 16
Alright – I’m buying a tarp tonight.
I’m putting it on their doorstep along with this note at night when no one can see me:
Here is a donated tarp. We hope you can use it on top of your dog’s kennel to create some shade. It is getting so hot these days, and will continue to get hotter as we enter summer. Your dog does not appear to have much shade throughout the day. Dogs don’t sweat like humans and can suffer heatstroke more easily. Thank you and we hope you don’t take it too personally. It’s for the dog.
The Neighborhood 🙂
Totally anonymous. I will let you know if they use the tarp!