Well this is interesting.
The question asked is should lawmakers "add" penalties if pets are left outside.
That would seem to mean that there are already penalties.
If there are already penalties for doing so, that would mean the comments from Animal Charity that they are "powerless" are incorrect.
Please follow up Vindy.
I don't see how anyone with a conscience can vote no for this. That is abuse and needs to be punished.
It's pretty sad when one of the offenders is a police officer! Shouldn't they be setting an example?
What is so shocking to me is the votes on this are so close. Everyone that voted no to penalties is probably the ones neglecting their animals.
I've never understood the reasoning behind a dog tie outside. I deliver packages to homes all day long, a tied dog is absolutely no deterrent to a would be thief breaking in your home. I have never been scared of a tied dog. You might justify it by thinking that the dog is warning you of any intruders entering your property by barking, but the dog probably barks on and off all day so much at a variety of differnt things, that you become immune to it and pay no attention. However a dog inside your house barking at a would be intruder is a deterrent. I have 3 big dogs inside my home, when I'm not at home I don't worry about the average thief, they see the dogs and move on to another home that is a easier mark.
A lot of people think that house training a dog is a hassle, hey to train a dog you don't have to be a genius, just a little smarter then the dog! In the end you will find out what most dog owners know, a dog IS mans best friend.
I never understood why people get a dog and then tie it up outside either. A dog is a companion animal and will give you unconditional love. If your response is "it goes in the house" then you obviously failed in house training it. A dog only requires consistent house training for pretty much the first month then you have a friend for its life. When you get a dog buy a house training book or look it up on the internet as well. This is truly a sad topic. What does it say about the person who would leave their dog out in this weather.
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