Monday, December 27, 2010

It's the Law: Make sure your dogs have adequate shelter

New York State law requires dog owners who allow their dogs to spend time outdoors to provide shelter appropriate to the dogs' breed, physical condition and to the climate.

By law, requirements for a proper shelter include a waterproof roof, structural soundness and appropriate insulation to protect the dog from inclement weather. The law also mandates that the dog have enough space for freedom of movement and waste removal.

Owners who do not provide such housing are subject to escalating penalties, including fines and possible confiscation of the dog.