A dog has been chained up outside for more than eight months – and now animal advocates are asking for someone to finally help him.
The dog, who is located in Fort Collins, Colorado, has reportedly been chained outside during all weather conditions for three seasons. Dog Left Outside In Colorado for 8 Months stated on its Facebook page yesterday:
I have reached the final straw in my attempt to get this dog some help. For the past eight months, I have been politely trying various avenues to get assistance from the owners, their landlords, Animal Control, the Fort Collins PD, the Larimer County Sheriff’s Department, the County Board of Commissioners and Mayor Karin Weitkunat.
According to Dog Left Outside In Colorado for 8 Months, the dog has received “zero human interaction” since his family moved in last February. The page stated:
“…Nine months have gone by where all I can see is this sight when I look out my window and I hear barking and crying constantly.
This dog has been chained to the tree, 24 hours per day, in all weather conditions.. Last week, temperatures dropped to below zero and it was still outside. I am passing this information on to people who will hopefully have better luck getting in help that I have been able to.”
Tethering animals is not illegal in Larimer County, Colorado – but how is this treatment humane? Dog Left Outside In Colorado for 8 Months stated: “We realize tethering animals is not against the law (though it should be), but leaving an animal out 24/7/365, especially now that temperatures are dropping below zero, is animal cruelty. Larimer County has failed this dog.”
According to Derek Brown, community outreach manager for the Larimer Humane Society, animal protection and control officers have been investigating the dog’s situation since Tuesday afternoon, but still the dog is outside.
“People think we haven’t done anything and we have. And we continue to do it. It’s an ongoing thing,” Brown stated.
The dog’s home – even during sub-freezing temperatures – is a piece of plywood leaning on a tree. Brown stated that the Humane Society has offered bedding and a doghouse, but stated that the owner said she’ll buy her own. According to Brown, the humane society will follow up on the dog, and yet still he remains outside.
He added: “This dog has been raised outside its whole life it seems. I’m sure it’s a little more acclimated to the cold than your typical couch-surfing pit bull.”
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