Warren County & Town of Front Royal to Discuss Increased Dog Protection Codes
13 February 2017 News
The Warren County Board of Supervisors will bring consideration of increasing the legal standards of animal protection to the March Town-County liaison meeting. That was the consensus after hearing from local animal-rights activist Carol Vorous at its first February meeting.
Vorous approached the board about establishing a County Code on minimum standards for keeping dogs outside during severe weather.
As explained by County Animal Control Officer Junior Darr during a Feb. 7th work session, a vacuum at the State level hampers local law enforcement efforts to prevent neglectful and abusive conditions for dogs.
Currently, State law allows animals to be kept outside 24 hours a day, 7 days a week regardless of weather extremes. And while they are supposed to have access to a covered shelter, there are no standards for bedding or the condition of the shelter.
“I have found some older dogs, obviously emaciated, living in plastic dog houses on concrete, with no bedding,” Vorous told County officials.
“I can’t accept that there is no way to dictate standards of treatment for animals that are essentially being treated as lawn ornaments,” she concluded.
And before long in Warren County and Front Royal, perhaps there will be a way.