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Dawn Watson | CNBNewsnet


   New Jersey has (finally) begun enforcing animal protection laws. 150754-Dog-Covered-In-Snow

   Under Title 4, Chapter 22, it is now illegal to chain or tether a dog in a yard with less than fifteen feet of space in which to roam. In addition, it is an offense to allow a dog outdoors for longer than fifteen minutes if the temperature is under thirty-two or over ninety degrees.

   A dog must have water and shelter if confined in a yard and the temperatures are within the above-stated parameters. It is illegal to abandon a dog in any building and intentional dog fighting is now a felony.

   It is no longer legal to de-bark (remove the vocal cords) of a dog. Veterinarians and owners face stiff fines and jail time for this offense.

   It is now illegal to sell or market a dog at a roadside stand or any public place unless the sale has been pre-approved by contractual agreement, otherwise known as ‘adoption’ of a specific animal.

   If you witness an animal being abused or neglected, please call 1.800.582.5979, which is the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or call your local police department. Most cities have their own animal control unit; familiarize the number and keep it handy at all times.

   It’s always a good idea to take pictures or a video of the situation so that there will be concrete evidence of the infraction. While the NJSPCA will request your personal information, it will not release the information to any individual or group.

   If you are hesitant to make a call to report neglect or abuse, please call me at 856.981.8957 or email, with the address and description of the situation. I will personally make the phone calls on the animal’s behalf.

   Wado udohiyu, (thank you very much in the Cherokee language)

Dawn Watson

Owner, Brother of the Wolf, LLC