Animal welfare a primary concern in cold weather

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SEAVILLE – Shore Animal Control Services will patrol and enforce animal welfare protection ordinances, especially during extreme cold temperatures, in Upper and Dennis townships, Woodbine and other municipalities they serve. 

Upper and Dennis townships enacted laws last year to protect dogs from being tethered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Because chained or tethered dogs can become aggressive, and dogs can be exposed to a greater risk of injury, Woodbine has taken further steps to change ordinances. 

In July, 2012, Woodbine enacted a new ordinance that partly states that dogs cannot be chained for more than seven hours, if it is not spayed or neutered or it is below 32 or above 90 degrees.

Animal control is asking for the public’s help for animals in backyards that cannot be visible from the streets. 

Neighbors can report township ordinance violations by calling Shore Animal Control at 1 800-351-1822, and officers will investigate. 

Warnings and summons are being issued for violations in Dennis and Upper townships, Woodbine and West Cape May.


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