Monthly archive for August 2015
Dog Duty: Laws About Owning a Dog in Iowa
Iowa has been in the news the last few weeks as candidates gather for the 2015 Primary Caucus. You would think with all of the media coverage that Iowa lives and breathes politics, but really they are a dog loving state.
Iowa has a deep history of their love of their four legged companions and their laws reflect that. They have many laws in place to protect their dogs from disease, pregnancy (which leads to over population and possible death of the female if the pregnancy is not medically overseen) and abuse.
In Iowa, they have very strictly written laws about sterilization. Those who wish to adopt a dog from a pound or shelter may only do so once they are altered. The adoption of an unaltered animal can result in a misdemeanor charge. This kind of charge and leave you in some hot water anywhere from 30 days in jail and a fine of $625 up to one year in jail and $1875 in fines. In Iowa they consider it abusive to not spay or neuter a dog.
Now when it comes to animal abuse in Iowa, actual physical abuse, this state does not mess around.
Animal abuse is defined as: “intentionally injures, maims, disfigures, or destroys an animal owned by another person, in any manner, including intentionally poisoning the animal” This is an Aggravated Misdemeanor with a fine of $500 to $5000 and/or imprisonment up to 2 years.
Animal Neglect is defined as: “fails to supply the animal during confinement with a sufficient quantity of food or water; fails to provide a confined dog or cat with adequate shelter; or tortures, deprives of necessary sustenance, mutilates, beats, or kills an animal by any means which causes unjustified pain, distress, or suffering.”
Negligent animal neglect is a Simple Misdemeanor which carries a fine of $50 to $500 and/or imprisonment up to 30 days. Intentional Neglect is a Serious Misdemeanor with a fine of $250 to $1500 and/or imprisonment up to 1 year.
Animal Torture is defined as: “regardless of whether the person is the owner of the animal, if the person inflicts upon the animal severe physical pain with a depraved or sadistic intent to cause prolonged suffering or death.” This is an Aggravated Misdemeanor with a fine of $500 to $5000 and/or imprisonment up to 2 years and psychological treatment. A second conviction of
Animal Torture is a Class D Felony with a fine of $500 to $7500 and/or imprisonment up to 5 years and psychological treatment.
Exemptions are made for owner’s consent (except torture), carrying out an order of the court, veterinary practice, hunting, trapping, fishing, protecting person or property, destroying a diseased or injured animal to a degree that would cause severe or prolonged suffering.
Wow! They spell it all out for you. Don’t hurt dogs in Iowa.
Now if you are looking to visit Iowa, please do not let these laws scare you away. In fact, if you are a guest in their fine state they have special laws just for you. Did you know if you are traveling through or just visiting the state you are not required to have the same vaccination requirements of local animals. However, we would recommend that you look into the vaccinations if you are going hunting or going to a show. These, much like airports for humans, are places where your pet will come into contact with germs potentially not native to their home environment. We would recommend that you check with your vet and see if there is a vaccination that they would recommend for your traveling companion.
For more information about laws on dog owner ship and care in Iowa, here are our source links.
This is one of the best purchases I’ve made in a long time! It has made my life so much easier! I was so sick of picking up after my two dogs multiple times a day using grocery bags and my hand. I have long nails and often the bag would puncture while I was scooping and you can imagine this was not fun!
I was searching for a solution and looking into rakes and claws and many pooper scooper options before finding the GoGo Stik. The problem with the other options was that my older dog does loose stools and I didn’t want to have to clean the rake or claw every time I used it. I also didn’t want a system that required me to buy special bags. The GoGo Stik fit the bill on all counts. The unit stays clean because it is completely covered with a bag. I can use any standard grocery bag with handle so it is economical and I can recycle my bags using them again.
The bag is easy to attach, and what is great is I use way less bags. I used to have to use a new bag per pile because it was hard to pick up multiple piles without making a mess. Now one bag is enough for our entire walk for both dogs! I just scoop and shake it down into the bottom of the bag and I’m ready to pick up the next pile. It even does a great job on the soft stuff. It scrapes it off the grass better than I could do with my bag covered hand.
The GoGo Stik is also very light and I have no trouble carrying it all around the block on our walks. I generally carry it in a way that it balances against my arm which makes it even lighter feeling. (Doesn’t hurt that I can hold it far enough away that I don’t have to smell the contents!).
So all in all I would highly recommend this product to anyone who has to pick up after a pet.
Dog Duty: Laws About Dogs in Texas
Texas has a reputation of being a no nonsense state. This extends to their laws about dog ownership and owner responsibilities. They are so aggressive in their enforcement of laws that animal law enforcement officers have been featured on TV in the program Animal Cops Huston. In the program camera crews follow around enforcement officers, recording the lengths that they will go through in their daily efforts.
The work as a dog catcher/animal enforcement officer is so intense, that in Huston Texas, perspective dogcatchers must submit to psychoanalysis before being hired. This is to ensure they can handle the emotional demands of working with the dogs and animals they encounter, not to mention the humans who may be guilty of abusing their pets.
Some of the more heavily enforced dog abuse laws in Texas are the laws about improper dog restraint. With the heat and dry weather of Texas, it is life threatening for a dog to be restrained outside without access to adequate shade and water. The specifics of these laws can be found at this website. They list the requirements of proper leashing and shelters. In fact, they come right out and say that chains are prohibited unless they are being physically held by a person. They cannot be used as a tether in any way.
This may paint the picture that Texas is out to get dog owners, when it is quite the contrary. A quick search of the web will show that many municipalities seek to support responsible dog ownership.
Huston for an example has a whole webpage dedicated to assisting residents in enjoying their pet.
On this page in particular, they talk about the “4’Ls” of safely owning a dog in Texas:
One set of laws you should be aware of in Texas are the Pet Trader Ordinances. These laws prohibit anything but the legal sale of dog (this does not apply to shelter adoptions). According to this law, not only must the dog be sold, but they must be sold at the location they were bred. Why? It is our best guess that this law was put into place to prevent puppy mills. Those looking to purchase a dog (not adopt) must physically go to the location where the dog was born. This will help the future owner gage the health of the animal along with keeping public eyes on any breeding operation.
I recently developed hip problems making it impossible to bend over to clean up after my dog. I am supposed to walk as much as possible so I needed something to help with the “job.” This works great. A lot of different bag sizes, work, even the free ones to my park. Easy to set up dispose of the waste. Stays clean.
Dog Duty: Laws about your dog and service dogs in Florida
People in Florida love their dogs! We have some big fans in Florida and as a shout out to them, here are a few interesting laws that you may or may not be aware of. Very important to the state of Florida, are some laws pertaining to offenses to service dogs that we would like to share with you. Also, on the other end of the stik, so speak, we dug up an interesting article in the Tampa Times, that deals with an amended ordinance on one of our favorite topics – handling dog waste!
First, what is neat about the following laws are their firm standing on police dogs, fire dogs and search and rescue dogs. As valued members of these various organizations, these laws offer protection for dogs and for the most part, are exempt from many quarantine and bite laws. You can check out the specifics of these laws here.
(Chapter 843 – Offenses against police dogs, fire dogs, SAR dogs, or police horses...)
As it is with all states, laws vary from municipality to municipality. Many jurisdictions have leash laws and ordinances pertaining to dog excrement on both residential and commercial property. (Handy that GoGo Stik can help you with that). Many of these exist as a result of nuisance situations. For instance, according to an interesting article in the Tampa Bay Times, ” St. Petersburg plugs loophole in pooper-scooper law 05/08/12″ (St. Petersburg), City Council members approved an amended ordinance. Assistant attorney Erica Smith, stated days before it went before the City Council,
” We’re going to enlarge it so now no property, whether residential or commercial, could have dog excrement on it to the extent that it creates a health hazard or a public nuisance.”
To us responsible dog owners, this means a lot of scooping and cleaning. The best part, is you can use any bag and save money while following the law. (Maybe that’s why Florida loves the GoGo Stik?)`
|Disclaimer: These laws can vary by court of course and should not be taken as legal advice. Use your judgment when it comes to your pet care and be aware of local ordinances that may enhance or deter the laws mentioned above.|
By Dave Martin on August 10, 2015
I didn’t hold out much hope when I ordered this. Let me say… I love it! Just recently adopted 2 pups from a pet rescue… and the thoughts of picking up warm poop made me gag just thinking about it. This does the job clean and quick! Love it!
Dog Duty! Laws About Owning a Dog in New York State:
The laws about dog ownership vary from state to state, municipality to municipality. In 2015 there have been several laws that relate to dog ownership in New York State (NYS). Be aware that the laws about your dog do vary from community to community. Check out some of these changes coming to NYS.
There are also a couple of bills in the capital to be aware of. Dog lovers everywhere should be celebrating these. On May 13, 2015, the NYS Senate approved a bill that now allows you to take Fido (Dexter is excited too) with you to your favorite outdoor café or restaurant (if the café permits it). There are a couple of rules that accompany this new law, your pooches cannot sit at the table top (in a seat) and the server cannot directly feed or pet your furry companion. These are the lines drawn by the food health folks.
Also, a proposed NY law if passed, will allow a civilian to break a car window to rescue a dog in extreme temperature conditions. Currently, this is only legal for law enforcement officers. NY would be the first state to pass such a law. Dog lovers the land over are celebrating!
Did You Know:
Did you know that in NYS, you are liable for injuries if you have a “beware of dog” sign posted and your dog bites someone. This sign infers that your dog is dangerous and as such, you must have control of your animal.
Also, if you DO NOT have a “beware of dog” sign, you are liable for not warning folks that you have a animal on the premises! … So what do you do? You put up a sign that says Guard Dog On Duty. This implies that a trained animal is on duty and folks should behave accordingly.
Disclaimer: These laws can vary by court of course and should not be taken as legal advice. Use your judgment when it comes to your pet care an be aware of local ordinances that may enhance or deter the laws mentioned above. (GoGo Stik is not an attorney).
Linda T., Brooklyn, NY…This item has been an incredibly useful tool. I broke my back and cannot bend down to pick up my dog’s mess with a regular bag. This scooper is so easy to use that I did not need to watch the video the company sent me. But I sure did appreciate that they made sure I knew how to use it. This product exceeded my expectations. It’s simple but oh so useful.