#BRINGTHEMIN - Fairfax County VA is not protecting pets like other Virginia Counties.

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OCTOBER '18 UPDATE to DECEMBER '17 PETITION: Other Virginia jurisdictions protect pets more aggressively than Fairfax County yet we all follow the same law.    Recent temperatures exceeded 105 degrees and Fairfax County allowed for pets to be left outside with one water bowl filled in the morning before leaving for work.   In the winter, the same applies and the water "bucket" is frozen before returning from work 8 hours later.   Dogs  (one elderly!) are housed outside regardless of temperatures hot or cold and during extreme weather advisories.  In addition, Fairfax allows for dogs to be kept in a pen 24/7 unattended most of the time.  Two streets over in Arlington County, their ACO's said this situation violates CURRENT LAW if properly applied.    #FairfaxPolice recently told concerned neighbors to "stop bothering them and wasting their time".   Animal welfare does not exist in a vacuum.  Legislation is needed to clarify and enhance animal welfare.   

The Humane Society of the US, PETA and other animal welfare agencies state that tethering and intensive confinement of animals is PHYSICALLY and PSYCHOLOGICALLY harmful to pets.   These groups along with the American Veterinarian Medical Association recommends that all DOGS live indoors, receive regular exercise and provided with adequate attention interacting regularly with people.   Dogs should be allowed to express natural behaviors, not be subjected living quarters with multiple days feces and urine pools nor the pests it attracts.     

Every pet deserves a safe and comfortable environment. Be A Voice for the VOICELESS.  Please sign once and pass this along to help #BRINGTHEMIN.  


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