Your neighbor’s dog Max is always out, on a chain the back yard. You never see anyone paying attention to him and you feel sorry for him because you’re sure he’s lonely. He’s not alarmingly thin or injured, but his coat is often dirty because he never goes inside, never gets brushed and from what you see never gets more than food and water from his owners. His little dog house appears sturdy but on cold nights you worry. Is there some law that can get Max out of this situation?
Unfortunately there is no law that says people have to love their pets. City ordinances in the metro area require that owners provide proper
Realize that what the law considers adequate might not be up to your standards.
What Omaha Law says is Cruelty
The following information is paraphrased from Omaha City Ordinance Chapter 6 which deals with all animal related city laws. For a complete version of chapter 6 click here:
|Pen Size||Dog Size|
|48 sq ft||X-Large (over 26 inches at withers or over 75 lbs)|
|40 sq ft||Large (20-26 inches at withers/up to 75 lbs)|
|32 sq ft||Medium 12-20 inches at withers/up to 50lbs)|
|24 sq ft||Small 12 inches at withers/not over 20 lbs)|
|(Additional 16 square feet should be added for each additional dog sharing the pen. The minimum pen size does include a shelter.)|
4. Leaving animals in unattended
(Don’t leave animals in cars or trailers without heat in winter and a-c in the summer)You cannot leave animals unattended in vehicles for periods of time when hot or cold temperatures can endanger their health, or when lack of food water or care can cause them suffering, disability or death.
5. Abandonment of animals.
(You can’t leave animals to fend for themselves)
It’s unlawful to leave an animal for more than 24 hours without making provisions for food water and care. If an animal is restrained outside without food water or proper care animal control officers may enter the property and supply it with food water and care as long as it remains there.
What Should I do if I Suspect Cruelty or
Call us at (402)444-7800 ext 0, or ext 1 and report it! Most cruelty investigations and subsequent rescues come about because compassionate citizens notice something wrong and take action! Our investigators are out and about every day, but they can’t be everywhere. Whether it’s a dog without water or shelter, animals locked in cars on scorching days, or neighbors who notice stray cats and a strong odor of ammonia, the public is our best watchdog to prevent animals from being mistreated. (*the names of reporting parties are kept confidential.)
What if I suspect Dog Fighting?
I don’t want to get involved with violent people.
The Nebraska Humane Society has an anonymous Tip Line that not only protects people who report suspected dog fighting—it rewards them if the tips lead to an arrest or conviction!
*You do not have to leave your name, but you are rewarded for your compassion!
Worried You’ll get your neighbor in
Don’t be! Many times uneducated pet owners don’t understand the law, or don’t realize what they are doing is unhealthy for their animal. Animal Control Officers often use these instances as an opportunity to educate an owner. If an animal is not in imminent danger, public safety isn’t threatened, and an owner is willing to work to improve conditions, officers will usually work with the owner to help him or her better understand their responsibilities and provide better pet care.
What if I’m just not sure?
Call anyway. We get calls every week that don’t meet legal requirements. Nebraska Humane Society Animal Control Officers would rather investigate a hundred situations where animals are ok, than to miss one where an animal is suffering needlessly.