State Agricultural Officials Warn Worcester County Residents About Sick Puppies Being Sold Online
BOSTON – January 12, 2017 – The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) warns consumers about a number of complaints regarding sick puppies being sold through internet advertisements in the Worcester County area.
According to consumer complaints, various breeds of puppies are involved and potential buyers have been asked to meet the seller at parking lots in southern Worcester County. In most instances, contact with the seller was online or via text, and the buyers have been asked to pay cash and promised that the puppy is properly vaccinated. The seller may even provide documentation of the vaccinations.
Unfortunately, some of these puppies have become acutely ill soon after purchase, and some puppies have died despite extensive veterinary care. When the buyers have attempted to contact the seller they have found that the cell phone numbers used to set up the purchases were no longer in service.
MDAR is actively working with the Animal Rescue League of Boston, the Charlton Police Department and the Southbridge Police Department to investigate these complaints.
Responsibilities of the Animal Control Officer
The Town of Wrentham's Animal Control Officer is responsible for:
- investigating nuisance complaints;
- enforcing animal control by-laws;
- removing sick or injured wildlife: determine risk of rabies exposure and need for testing;
- providing information about wildlife;
- removing animals killed on roadways;
- picking up stray animals
Caring For Your Pets in the Hot Weather
Here are some preparedness tips to consider when caring for your pets in the hot weather:
- Never leave pets in a car, even with the windows down. The inside of a car can reach temperatures in excess of 150 degrees in a matter of minutes.
- If possible, pets should be kept indoors during excessive heat.
- If keeping a pet outside, make sure that pets have adequate shelter from the sun and plenty of fresh water at all times.
- Plan outside activities with your pets during the cooler parts of the day: early morning and evening. Limit the outside activity of your pets during the heat of the day.
- During hot weather sidewalks, pavement and beach sand radiate excessive amounts of heat and can be too hot for the pads of your pet's paws. Consider that if it is too hot for you to walk barefoot, it is too hot for your pet as well.
- Allow access to the coolest part of your home. If you don't have air conditioning, or you turn it off while at work, make sure your pet can get to a cool place, such as a basement.
- Take extra precautions in hot weather for dogs that are elderly, overweight or snub-nosed.
- Always have a disaster plan in place for you, your family and your pets.
- Remember, WHEN YOU GO, THEY GO. DON'T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT THEM. If you are told to evacuate, take your pets with you. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND.
Animal Control Reminders for Residents
- License fees are due to the Town Clerk no later than March 31, 2017. If your dog is over 6 months old, it must be licensed in Wrentham. All dogs must be up to date on their rabies vaccinations to be licensed.
- Be courteous to your neighbors. If your dog is a barker, don't leave him or her out all weekend long to bark from morning to night. It also costs YOU money. Every time a Police Officers is notified by a resident for this type of complaint, it must be investigated by the Police and Animal Control Officer.
- Pick up after your dog if you walk him/her on other's property.
- Keep your dog leashed or under your control. Wrentham has a leash law. Dogs which run loose off their owner's property are in violation of our leash law. Owners will be cited.
- Put your dog license tag on your dog. It helps us identify your dog if lost or loose.
- Wild animals; skunks, fox, coyote, racoon will soon be mating and bearing their young. You may on occasion see these animals out during the day. This does NOT mean they are rabid, but may in fact be foraging for food for their your. DO NOT approach these animals but be aware that day time sightings of wild animals does not mean they are rabid!
- Clean your grills! The best way to invite wild animals to your door or deck is to leave them some tasty bits of food on your grill. Removal of all food from the grill and area will minimize invitations.
- Don't leave your dog in a car without proper ventilation. Car interiors can exceed 120 degrees Fahrenheit when it is 75 degrees or above outside.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your animals, strange behavior of wild animals, hurt or dead animals in your neighborhood, please call the Wrentham Police Department (508) 384-2121, and they will contact the Animal Control Officer immediately.
Animal Control Bylaw
Reminder: Article 5.20 of the Town's bylaw describes the definition of a Public Nuisance (but is not limited to): damages the property of anyone other than its owner or keeper, including, without limitation, by depositing fecal matter on such property unless the owner or keeper of such dog shall immediately remove and dispose of such fecal matter.
Please remember to clean up after your animals. Fines may be assessed.
How can a contribution be made?
All checks to support Wrentham Animal Control can be made out to: Town of Wrentham, 79 South Street, Wrentham, MA. Donations will be deposited into a gift account to aid in costs associated with caring of animals.
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Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole!