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Old 08-12-2009, 12:26 AM
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So, the AC officer who barged into an old woman's house, and kidnapped her puer bred CKC registered labrador retriever because he thought it was a pit bull (which were banned in her area) was part of a "ethical sector of law enforcement"?

Give me a break. That innocent dog would have died that very day if she hadn't had his reg. papers proving his breed.

Besides, officers tricking and bullying people into entering their homes with no evidence is NOT okay. Ever. Not in our country. If there is evidence, they can get a warrant.
Yeah I had AC called on me because someone said I left my Poodle out all night in the snow. Everyone who knew me thought it was the funniest thing ever, my dogs are so pampered and spoiled. There is no way I would ever do that even by accident... I'd know if one of them was not in the house. Luckily the guy that came was super nice and believed me.

However, the man that lives next door to my work has a dog that is chained to a dog house 24/7 in all weather and we have had some really bad winter days. People have called on him and that dog is still there, it's been at least 5 years.
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Old 08-12-2009, 02:56 AM
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Yup. I got reported for dog fighting because Emma and Jazz were playing. Apparently Emma is a feeder dog I was using to make Jazz mean.
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Old 08-12-2009, 10:42 AM
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Renee's post in very informative, but I think this isn't the right way to do.
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Old 08-15-2009, 03:27 AM
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1. Do not let them in, no matter how much they ask. Animal Control generally cannot enter your home without a warrant, or your permission. While regular police can enter in emergency situations when human life is at risk (i.e. they hear gunshots and a scream inside), there are few, if any, situations in which Animal Control can enter your home without a warrant. Simply tell them they may not come in.



2. If you let them in, anything they find in "plain sight" can be used against you. In some circumstances Animal Control officers, unable to find a legitimate reason to make an arrest, have reported building or zoning violations. This may include caging you attached to a wall without a building permit, that extra outlet in the puppy room, having more pets than allowed by zoning, even extension cords in violation of fire codes! No matter how clean your kennel, if they want to find a violation, they will.



3. Do not talk to them from an open doorway. Step outside and close (and lock if possible) the door behind you. This is necessary because:



A) Anything they see through the open door is "plain sight" and may be the basis for an arrest, or probable cause for a search warrant.



B) If they make an arrest or even feel threatened they are usually permitted to search for weapons in your immediate area. Do you keep a baseball bat inside the door for your protection? Even if you don't, once they step inside to look, they are in your home and may continue to search.



C) It is hard not to be intimidated by someone in authority. Some animal control is even done by local police, who carry guns. It is easy for them to get "in your face", causing you to back up into the home. Once you go in, it will be interpreted as an invitation to follow.



4. If they claim to have a warrant, demand to see it. In general, a search warrant must be signed by a judge. A warrant to search your home for dogs does not include an inventory of your jewelry box. A warrant to search your kennel in the garage or in the barn does not include a search of your home.



5. In some locations dog owners may have obtained special "breeder permits" that stipulate that Animal Control has your permission to enter at any time. If you have signed such a permit they still cannot enter against your wishes, since you can revoke the permission at any time. However, if you refuse permission it may allow them to cancel your breeder permit, so you have to weigh the consequences.



6. Warning - anyone in lawful possession of the premises may be able to give permission for a search. Make sure your roommate, babysitter, dog-sitter, housekeeper and others know that they should not let animal control into your home or on your property (i.e. backyard, garage, etc.).
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Old 08-22-2009, 09:46 PM
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Great, informative post! I've had AC come out when we first moved into our house (new to the city). He just wanted to introduce himself, though. He was very nice and said that if one of my dogs ever got loose to give him a call and he'd go look for it.
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Old 12-06-2009, 10:06 PM
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This post is pretty alarming... However, thanks for sharing all the information.
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Old 12-16-2009, 02:00 AM
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Awesome article, very helpful.

Can I re-post this on my blog for others to read?

Thank you,
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This is good information for any dog owner to know, as there are as many dog haters out there as lovers. We had a neighbor who used to toss entire deer legs out beside the road just down the hill from us, trying to entice neighboring dogs onto his property so he could catch them and cage them for Animal Control. We had a fence climber, a GSD, and one day she climbed out and got caught in a cage he had hiding behind his house. We found her when we saw animal control pull up at his house to pick it up. They kept her for weeks and it cost us $500 to get her back (boarding fees they called it), and she was half-starved, nothing but skin and bones and they charged us to spay her, although she had been spayed at 7 months old (how can you spay the dog twice). Thank goodness he moved. We had to take her out to potty on a reelout until he did. Thank goodness she was not a puppy with a can't hold it bladder.
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Really? Banned? For posting THIS?!? You should have been nominated for sainthood!
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