Whether you are a pet owner or not, you can help animals in your community. Call dispatch 859-292-3622 for all the reasons below:
Whenever you see a dog running loose:
The dog may have escaped its owner. It could get hit by a car or cause a traffic accident. It could have been abandoned. It is getting too cold to leave any dog outside, running the streets and unsupervised. Community cats are exempt from this.
If you suspect neglect or abuse:
Animals can’t seek out help on their own. They rely on good Samaritans to make the call. Many cruelty investigations just turn out to be a matter of educating the owner. That’s ok. Many people don’t know proper and legal animal care requirements. We can give the owner information, resources and advice needed to bring the problem under control. If the owner is financially unable or unwilling to better the situation, then citations and other penalties for the violations will occur. With that said, remember that State Law requires owners to provide adequate space, food/water and medical care. If you can not afford medical care, you need to surrender the pet or try to find it a new home. It is hard to make that decision, but it is in the animals’ best interest.
If your neighboring dogs are becoming a nuisance:
Dogs that are left outside to bark, dig, get loose, use your yard for a bathroom, tear up your garbage and pursue pedestrians are not to blame. They are only being animals. The owners are the ones responsible. A dog left out in the yard all day barking while the owner is at work, is not a happy dog. He is lonely, cold, bored and has never been taught the boundaries of self control. Perhaps the owner does not know how to teach this? Many people tell me “I can’t leave him in the house he tears it up”. It amazes me that they choose to own a pet, but feel that the neighbors should have to suffer from their choice to have a dog.
Many people can’t believe that their dog barks and is a nuisance. “He never barks”. Studies show dogs bark 2 times at much when left unattended and 3 times as much when left unattended outside. The reason is, dogs left inside can only hear and see stimulus happening close to the home. Dogs left outside, obviously have smells, sights and sounds all over the place. I was born into a dog owning home, have had dogs since becoming an adult, ok I cheated and took many dog behavior classes during my time as a Veterinary Technician.
I use to think my dogs wanted to be outside while I was at work and I felt guilty keeping them crated. However, one was either stolen from my yard or got loose and the people that found him decided he was going to be theirs. I had to take a microchip scanner and police to retrieve my dog (property). We began crating them after that and they became more obedient dogs and better members of our family (pack).
I have crated every dog since. I am no Cesar Milan, but I think he would be pleased with my dog family. I also use this technique with all my foster dogs. We have been able to curb many behavior problems through crate training as well as making dogs adoptable. My point is if your dog is crated safely in the house, your house will not get torn up, the neighbors can not complain that your dog is a neighborhood problem and you set up great pack leader abilities and your dog will respect you more for it.
If you need to reach me, Terri Baker, for any other reason, question or concern, please call Dispatch. 859-292-3622
As a side note, please do not forget to donate, volunteer, or adopt a homeless animal. Families are struggling during this economy and holiday season and are forced to surrender their pets. Check out your local shelters, such as Campbell County Animal Shelter 859-635-2819. Keep your pets home and safe; they are lucky to have you.
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