|Barked: Wed Jan 4, '12 8:13am PST |
|I moved to a community a few months ago where almost everyone has a dog, but we all keep our dogs inside. Eventually I noticed almost constant barking two houses down from me and I realized that the owners were keeping their Chihuahua and teacup Yorkie in the backyard during the day, even as the weather turned rainy and cold.
At some point I ended up calling the township when I saw the dogs out there in the freezing rain, and supposedly the owners were sent a letter detailing ordinances about barking.
It stopped for a while, then over the holidays when it got REALLY cold they decided it was time to put the dogs out again. And according to my husband the owners were home! He saw the guy open the door and yell at the dogs to stop. Today we have wind chills in the single digits and I just could not bear to see them out there anymore so I gave the township another call and explained what was going on with the dogs. I emphasized that it was my concern for the dogs and that the owner was knowingly doing this.
Is this just a normal thing in the suburbs that I'm just not aware of? I understand that bigger dogs can be okay in the outdoors, but I don't get choosing the worst weather to make such small dogs live outside.
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