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Andi Elliott: Your Neighbor Called

November 4th, 2010 by Halli

By Andi Elliott

Your neighbor called me today. He had some choice words for you. After settling down, he asked me a few questions. He wanted to know why in the “heck” you have a dog if you’re going to chain it up at the back of your property and ignore it. He wanted to know why the law doesn’t step in to help the dog that only sporadically receives food and water. He asked me if there wasn’t some law to make sure that the dog isn’t lying in a mud hole on a rag that froze solid with the first hard freeze and will remain that way until the spring thaw.

IDAHO CODE TITLE 25. ANIMALS CHAPTER 35. CRUELTY TO ANIMALS addresses animal cruelty: “…and it shall be the duty of any peace officer, or officer of any incorporated association qualified as provided by law, to take possession of the animal so abandoned or neglected, and care for the same…. To subject an animal to needless suffering…negligently confine an animal in unsanitary conditions or to negligently house an animal in inadequate facilities; to negligently fail to provide sustenance, water or shelter to an animal….”

In order for any law to be worth the paper it is written on, it must be enforced. It’s up to us to see that it is. Phone in a complaint and document the situation…sometimes that’s all it takes. After all, we can’t force them to love them BUT we can force them to provide minimum care.

Andi Elliott

President/For the Love of Pets Foundation


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