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Some advice wanted on ANIMAL CRUELTY


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No, I am not doing a homage to my fellow cat skinning peers at Ocad.

I pretty much work and go to school everyday and I walk to the subway down Albion Street. A couple of houses from the station, there's this ratty ol' house with a family living in it and I've noticed for the last couple of years that the dog (a Siberian husky type) is ALWAYS tied to the fence even in freezing, snowy weather.

It never barks, it doesn't snarl and it genuinely looks healthy and friendly.

My question is how far can owners go with treating animals like they're animals? I really want this dog to be loved and to have the freedom to walk without being tied to a chain. I don't know anyone who does this to their pets.

Some points about the dog:
- the chain is about 10 feet or so
- the dog's coat looks great so I'm assuming it's being fed well
- periodically, it's not outside
- it walks in circles and NEVER barks at anyone walking by
- I've personally witness it numerous times lying in the snow in 20 below weather

I totally disagree with tying a dog to a fence day and night. Sometimes I'll go to school in the morning and see it. And then come home from work at night after school and it's still there. That's about a 10 hour span.

I haven't surveyed it enough to actually know if they take it in during the day or take it for walks but I'm guessing they don't. Even in the hot summer, the dog is tied and the kids tease it with it still on the chain. Every time it runs, he stretches the chain and gets jerked back.

How do I report this? Do I ever bother? Am I overreacting? Help.


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Sounds good. I will tomorrow during business hours.
So tying a dog to a fence is bad, I take it? And I am being so serious cuz I don't have a pet but I know that I don't think I could do that to my dog.

That's why I am questioning whether this is a normal thing or an acceptable thing for dog owners.


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Tying a dog to a fence would be acceptable IF ... there was no fence around the yard ... and if it was only for a short period of time

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People who own large dogs in the city are idiots.

One thing, however: don't worry about the dog out in the cold if it is a husky... they can handle (in fact, they love the cold) -40 Celsius.

I used to own two huskies... one of them was the dumbest dog ever-- even with a choke chain with huge spikes on it, it would constantly try to kill itself.... *yank* *choke* *yank* *choke*...


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Originally posted by Karim
Ughh, too cruel. Haha

Exactly what I would think every time I took him for a walk... funny, yet not...

Seriously, the dumbest dog ever... and he would eat anything... at a small pine tree once, and another time a box of crayons (colourful shit the next day), and one time he ate a styrofoam cooler.


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Originally posted by PosTMOd
People who own large dogs in the city are idiots.

One thing, however: don't worry about the dog out in the cold if it is a husky... they can handle (in fact, they love the cold) -40 Celsius.

I used to own two huskies... one of them was the dumbest dog ever-- even with a choke chain with huge spikes on it, it would constantly try to kill itself.... *yank* *choke* *yank* *choke*...

I agree about the dog maybe liking the cold! My buddy owns a malamute, which is allowed to come and go as it pleases and it only comes in the house in the summer when its hot outside. I've seen the dog buried under a foot of snow before and it was as happy as could be!


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maybe they dont walk it cause the owners are old or handicapped or some other reason why they cant walk it, so they just chain it up outside while it does its business, and bring it in after.
or like mentioneed above, it enjoys the cold and playing in the snow.
you said it looked healthy.
unless you're willing to stake out that location to see if they really do leave it outside for the whole day i dont think you should call. its nice to see that you care but it may not be necessary and you might be taking away someoens precious companion all on overly p.c. assumptions.

just a few thoughts.

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As long as the dog is fed and not abused, you can leave it outside (as long as it can handle the weather - like a husky)

and if it's brought in periodically, i don't see a problem. I wouldn't do it to MY dog (she'd die, she's tiny)

but some big dogs DO like it outdoors.


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People tend to treat their animals in many different ways, some that, as a pet-owner I disagree with. But most of the time, the difference is simply that I would do otherwise.

If the dog is clean, and it looks happy and well-fed, I'd say, it's probably allright. It is a husky, I'm sure he can handle the cold. You have to be careful when reporting things like this, for numerous reasons. You may not agree with the treatment and upbringing of the dog, but that doesn't mean that it's wrong.

Did anything happen with this Sunny?



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Is there any happy hardcore playing in the background or is he wearing one of those doggy sweater things? Both of these acts are obvious signs of cruelty :D


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ok, i do agree with Plato about being careful with the decision of to call the Humane Society or not.

I wouldn't want to take the dog away if they are one happy family. The animals in the pound are so sad and loney and scared.

but i'm also worried about the dog, coz we can't be sure if it's truly happy or healthy.

this may seem like a dumb question, i know Husky can withstand cold weather, but do they have to train that way (being in extreme cold weather all their lives) or are they just born that way?

MoFo, could you please post if you have called the Humane Society or not?

i really would like to know, thanks.


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i don't like dogs but i love huskies!!!!

do not, i repeat do not, call the humane society

first off, they won't do anything, leaving the dog outside is not cruelty. you said yourself it was well fed and well groomed. second off, if they tried to do anything they would screw it up and odds are the dog would get put down.

but, aside from my hate and disgust for the humane society. which comes from my best friend dave working there for a year, if you knew one tenth of the stuff that he told me went on in that hell hole you would never think to call them for help.

sunny, you know dave, icq him and ask for his advice on the subject.

but i will tell you this much, there are two major husky strains, X and Y - i don't remember which is which, but one of them is leaner and and the other is, well, huskier. both are naturally adapted to cold weather, sleeping in a snowbank is bliss to them. and both are very active breeds of dog. but the leaner strain (Y type - i think) is the one that is bread to pull sleds and they basically need to run. they are genetically programmed to pull like mad all day long, day after day. it is impossible to keep a dog like that inside, they just need to run. it is kind of stupid to keep a dog like that in the city but even if they were at farm where they where part of a team they would spend 95% of the time chained to a pole in the ground. it allows them to run back and forth and around without getting into toruble or fights with the other dogs. believe me, this is not cruelty. cruelty would be keeping them inside.
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^^^^I'm with Rosey on this one.

BUT I have serious issues with people who own pets but don't want the responsiblity of them.

IF this dog is chained up just about all day every day, they are not doing they're part a responsible owners, especially considering they live in the city.

I understand the above opinions that just because I wouldn't raise my dog that way doesn't necessarily mean they're being mistreated, but isn't the point of having a pet in most cases for the companionship? :confused:

I just wish it was possible to start from scratch again and re-address the responsiblities and requirements of pet ownership.


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I ride a dogsled to work and motivate them by hanging a sausage on a stick in front of the pack.


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personally, i'd give them johnsonville brawts. but then all the neighbourhood dogs would want some and you'd have a fight on your hands.
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