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Michigan non-profit tells dog owners to keep pets inside

Roses are red. Violets are blue. I keep my dog inside, and so should you.

An organization in Battle Creek, Michigan, has launched its annual campaign to ask community members to write Valentine's Day cards to dog owners to encourage them to keep their dogs primarily housed indoors. As many people know, a lot of dog owners keep their dogs outside almost 24 hours a day, either because they are not house-trained or because they are being used as a form of yard protection. However, the All Species Kinship organization in Calhoun County believes that outdoor dogs not only have a low quality of life, but that they also are likely to become aggressive and bite.

So, All Species Kinship is out campaigning and asking the community to craft Valentine's Day cards from the perspective of dogs, according to a letter published in the Battle Creek Enquirer. All Species Kinship, which works with 25 to 50 outdoor dogs in Michigan each week, will then deliver the cards to the dog owners and encourage them to transition their dogs indoors.

The organization also provides secure doghouses, straw insulation, light-weight cables and dog food to those in need.

As mentioned above, All Species Kinship is not only concerned with dogs suffering frostbite during Michigan's winters or simply becoming lonely outdoors, but it is also concerned about the aggressive and unsocial tendencies of outdoor dogs. The Battle Creek Enquirer piece points to numerous studies that suggest that such dogs are likely to bite.

The organization believes that dog owners who cannot care for their pets indoors should relinquish the animals. While this organization is signing its requests with candy hearts and X's and O's, the law is not so kind to dog owners. Michigan law is very strict when it comes to dog bites, and dog owners may be held accountable in both criminal court and civil court when someone is injured in a dog attack.

Those who are injured by dog bites are often wise to seek legal counsel in order to obtain compensation for their injuries.

Source: Battle Creek Enquirer, "Sweet Treats and Valentines Needed for 24/7 Outside Dogs," Jan. 14 2013

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