The team at Murraylands Animal Welfare Watch (MAWW) is intent on making sure that dogs do not spend their lives tethered on short leads and left alone in backyards that are inappropriate for pets.
Ruby Eckermann, spokesperson, has written to local real estate agents expressing concern that often tenancies are granted to pet owners bringing dogs that simply cannot be accommodated at the property.
“Whilst we urge landlords to allow pet ownership we all know that’s a good thing for everybody,” Ruby said.
It’s not okay to allow a dog where there is not adequate fencing to allow that dog to have a reasonable life in the backyard.”
MAWW has made several reports to the RSPCA about dogs tethered in backyards 24/7 without any stimulus or interaction and often without food and water as well.
The RSPCA has a policy that discourages dog tethering for anything other than very temporary periods but the law rarely enables the charity to prosecute pet owners who insist on tethering their dogs permanently.
Ruby insisted that property managers have a big part to play in stopping this cruel practice. She believes that tenants should not be permitted to have a dog at a premise which cannot adequately accommodate a dog in the yard – ie. homes without secure fencing.
“Obviously if a tenant wants to bring a dog to a property, and there is not adequate fencing on the property, this will mean that the dog will be forced to a tether,” Ruby said.
“MAWW would like to ensure that real estate agents do not lease properties on that basis but rather re-direct potential tenants with dogs to appropriate properties with facilities to enable the keeping of dogs in the yard”.
They have also contacted Housing SA to consider dog keeping practicalities when allocating tenants to their properties.
MAWW is a local group of four Facebook administrators who seek to educate and inform the local community on issues pertaining to responsible pet ownership, calling out cruelty, and the annual Kindness Award – a cash prize to a local resident who shows exceptional kindness to companion animals over the past year. Check them out at Facebook: MurraylandsAnimalWelfare.