Actually, I think that applies to children, as well, but we'll stick to dogs for this week.
I have a sad walk when I go to the post office in Bayfield because I have to pass two dogs in two separate kennels, and as far as I can tell, they rarely leave these kennels.
They sleep outside all night, as well, and it's been pretty darned cold this winter.
Technically, they're fed and sheltered, but honestly, is that the best we can do for a pet?
They wag their tails and bark and don't seem even overly aggressive, even though it's pretty obvious they are neglected.
We've had some readers call the office who have said they have complained about the situation to the Bayfield Marshal's Office, but they've been told as long as the dogs are fed and sheltered, they don't have the right to remove the dogs.
I checked the policy at the La Plata County Humane Society about giving them dogs that, for whatever reason, we can no longer care for.
Their website states:
"The La Plata County Humane Society is an Open-Admission Shelter, which means that we will accept any domesticated animal to our facility. If you are not a resident in La Plata County, then we ask that you bring your animal to your local Shelter. Please call LPCHS before surrendering your pet. (970) 259-2847.
We are a nonprofit and we do our best to cover expenses, but it would be highly appreciated for you to donate to help cover the costs to care for your pet.
Please provide medical records at the time of surrender. If you do not have medical records then provide contact information from your veterinarian.
The La Plata County Humane Society is an open-admission facility and we try our best to get all of the animals the home that they deserve.
See more at: http://lpchumanesociety.org/ownersurrender.html#sthash.PmFCmsux.dpuf"
So please don't turn in your animals if you are able to feed and care for them and let them in the house or a garage at night to keep warm.
But if not? Maybe it's time to find your pet a new home.