A photo circulating on Facebook has created a huge outcry from thousands of people on Facebook - the image is of a dog inside of a box in Bridgeport, Conn.
The outrage over the conditions for the dog who is kept inside has created a deluge of calls to the Bridgeport Police Department.
On Tuesday, the police department addressed those concerns and issued the following statement:
We’ve received a large number of inquiries about the living conditions of a dog on Frenchtown Road in our city.
We just wanted to update you on the case. Our ACOs take the welfare of all animals very seriously and we understand people’s concern.
Based on complaints, our animal control officers have visited the house at least four times over the last two weeks. They have conducted thorough inspections and documented the site on video.
This is what we found: The dog has an enclosure that has two sections.
One is a concrete slab that the dog can walk around in. The other part is under shelter with heat, hay, food and water. Our animal control officers checked out the dog and the dog appears to be in good health.
At this time, however, the owner is not violating any law in the care of his dog.
Though the dog is in good condition and the structure has heat, most people who have read the statement from the police are unhappy and feel that the dog should be allowed out of the structure, and into the owner's home.
Read more comments on this situation at this link.
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