Our new neighbours have had a dog tethered at the bottom of their yard for the past fortnight.
It is tied to a rope about 6-8m long and has a small three sided shack as shelter. It doesn't seem to have any toys to play with. It is visited once a day for about 5 minutes when they feed it and I've never seen them take it for a walk.
Although it is a regular sized dog (I'm not a dog person) my partner says it is still a puppy. The poor thing whimpers for attention when the primary school aged kids play under the house. I've never seen them play in the yard with the dog.
To me the poor dog is being terribly neglected. Aren't dogs social creatures? I'm a cat person and I know that if this was a cat it would have found another home long time ago. Why get a dog if you're going to leave it tied up 24/7???!!!
Is this legal?
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22-06-2014 10:19 #1Senior Member
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Is tethering a dog 24/7 legal?
22-06-2014 10:22 #2
I'm not usually one to interfere or sticky beak in a neighbour's activities, but I think this warrants a report. I would.
That poor animal
As you said, why get a dog only to tie it up 24/7?
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22-06-2014 10:26 #3-
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I don't think this is legal. I think you should ring your council, local police and/or RSPCA. The poor thing. Think solitary confinement in a 6x8 cell where you can actually see the world you are being prevented from exploring- this would be tortuous to a dog or pup.
22-06-2014 10:33 #4
Definitely report it. Report it to the council and the RSPCA. Be prepared to make a big fuss to the RSPCA and keep calling them though, in many cases they are pretty useless when it comes to domestic animals. When a neighbor moved out and left his Rottweiler behind to starve, after 3 days of throwing food over the fence and 5 calls to the RSPCA I told them I was going to steal the dog. That's when they finally showed up.
Having a dog tethered where children can approach it is also a recipe for disaster. Poor dog. Why do people bother to get animals they don't want to include in their family?
22-06-2014 10:35 #5
Definitely report it to the council and rspca and keep on them about it. This makes me so sad
22-06-2014 10:54 #6Senior Member
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In vic the code of practice allows for tethering 22/24 hours (or something like that). I'd be reporting to RSPCA or council.
22-06-2014 11:11 #7
Sounds terribly cruel to me. I wouldn't even tether my dog for a couple of hours let alone all day!
22-06-2014 11:12 #8
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22-06-2014 11:17 #9
@debsch I'm not sure on the legality but it's certainly terribly cruel.
Give the RSPCA and also Animal Welfare League QLD a call on tel: (07) 5509 9000
You could also call your nearest rescue agency depending on where you live. Sometimes they can talk to owners and better educate them.
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22-06-2014 11:28 #10
Poor dog. Please do make a report.
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