The song “Who Let The Dogs Out” is still popular during ball games and on the internet, but it’s definitely something that pet parents should only sing along to, and not follow as a practice. Unfortunately, there are many people that believe dogs should be allowed to run free instead of being fenced in or on a leash. While this is fine in dog parks and acres of property where there are no vehicles or the danger of pet kidnappers, it’s an entirely different story when people let their dogs out in neighborhoods.
Dangers Your Dogs May Face If They’re Let Out:
- Cars: How many times have you seen a dead dog in the middle of a road? Someone must live with the fact that they killed a dog, possibly causing damage to their vehicle (which the dog owner could be liable for repairing), and a family is going to find their beloved pet dead. That image will be burned in their mind’s eye forever. This is a case where everyone loses, and it could have been prevented if the dog had not been running loose.
- People: Even the smallest dogs look threatening to someone if they come running and barking in their direction. A person could be injured by being bit, trying to run away, or attempting to befriend a strange dog. The dog could face injury by being kicked, hit with a stick, having a rock thrown at them, sprayed with mace or worse as the human attempts to defend themselves. The dog owner could likely face a lawsuit.
- Other dogs: Chances are your dog is not the only one wandering the streets. This can lead to dogfights, exposure to canine diseases, and unwanted pregnancies. If your dog confronts someone walking their dog on a leash, then you double the trouble. This can lead to costly vet bills and yes, a lawsuit.
- It’s the law: Most cities have leash laws and if Animal Control picks up your dog, you will have to pay a hefty fine to get them back. That is, if you find out they have been taken to the Animal Control facility before they are euthanized. Due to space limitations, there is a time limit on your dog’s life after being picked up as a stray.
- The Evil: There are people who cruise around looking for strays to use in dog fighting training. If your fur baby falls victim to one of these bad people, the chances of recovering them is slim to none. Your sweet dog could meet a brutal death because you felt bad about keeping them inside a fence or didn’t take the time to put a leash on them to take them outside. There are bad people in the world and it is your responsibility to keep your dog safe from their clutches.