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January 13, 2013

Animal lovers keep pets warm

When the winter winds blow or the spring rains fall, animals need to stay warm and dry as much as people do.

Sadly, some owners don’t realize or care that Illinois law requires outdoor animals to have adequate shelter, as well as food and water. They can end up in court if the pets aren’t protected from the cold, rain and sun.

Animal lovers are coming to the rescue with organized drives to collect unused dog houses and materials to build the houses. And, of course, monetary donations are always appreciated, and will be used to buy the houses and materials.

The Humane Society of Danville is seeking dog houses that aren’t in use.

“We would see it got to an animal without proper shelter,” said Pat Miller, an employee at the shelter.

When the agency receives a complaint about a dog without shelter, Miller said the owner is given 48 hours to come up with a house. If that doesn’t happen, then the next step is court, and that could take another 30 days.

In the meantime, the dog suffers.

In some cases, the family loves the dog, but is unable financially to buy a shelter within that length of time. Sometimes, an owner will surrender the dog rather than provide shelter.

If the Humane Society can provide a dog house, then that helps the dog and also might keep the dog from being surrendered. “Maybe this will help out all around,” Miller said.

Also, Miller said, she knows someone who is willing to build dog houses if the Humane Society gets supplies.

Any type of dog house that’s in good shape — that is, it doesn’t have big holes — will be accepted. Call the Humane Society to arrange for pickup in the city. The agency also will clean out the house.

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