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What can I do about a neighbor abusing their dog?

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There is a siberian husky next door. The owner has the dog chained up to a dog house, they rarely feed her, and never spend time with the dog. We have called animal control, and the police, and they wont do anything. Besides making the animal suffer and recording the abuse for another couple months, what can we do? It's unbearable to hear this dog cry all night long every day because it's 29 degrees and shes outside! Help please.

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I suggest that you contact your local humane society to see if they can provide any assistance for this dog. Also, if you have not already discussed your concerns with your neighbor, consider doing so. If you know someone who might be interested in purchasing/adopting the dog, that sometimes works. Virginia state law requires "owners" to provide companion animals with adequate food, water, shelter, exercise, and veterinary care. Also, according to the website, www.unchainyourdog.org, there are several localities in Virginia, such as Danville, Northampton County, Norfolk, Richmond, Smithfield, Staunton, and Virginia Beach, which have local laws to regulate/limit chaining. If you are in one of these localities, I suggest you contact your local officials to attempt to get the law enforced. If you are in a different locality, check with your local officials to see if there is such a law, and, if not, try to get one passed. In the meantime, even if there is no anti-chaining law in your community, sometimes local legislators are helpful in resolving issues in their communities so it is worth going to your local legislators, as well as to your local humane societies/SPCA, to seek help.


Submitted by Anonymous
Answered by Elinor Molbegott

 

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