Fact: On Jan. 16, local media commented on a video sent to them by a viewer. Call logs show that an Animal Control officer visited the residence at 6:30 p.m. that evening. The dog was tethered to a tree with a small cord, but that was not preventing the dog from accessing a heated doghouse or food. The dog was choosing to be outside of the house. When animal control went to the property, the dog was well fed, the doghouse had an operating heater, and the animal control officer checked the temperature and said the inside of the house was warm.
White at the home, the officer did show the residents how to properly install the tether swivels for the dog. Even though the doghouse had a heater, the owners agreed to let the dogs go inside a heated shed on the property and this was confirmed by the officer. Something to note is that although this may not be the best way to keep a pet, it is not illegal.
Local media did not contact the City prior to broadcasting information about the dog to obtain the status of the complaints which led to misinformation and citizens calling Austin PD and San Marcos PD after the animal was confirmed to be safe. This morning, Jan. 17, during a follow-up visit from animal control, the owner voluntarily surrendered his two dogs because he couldn’t afford to keep them. The homeowner did have prior complaints regarding the pets. The dogs were not house trained and were kept outside but they were well fed, healthy, happy and warm when they were surrendered.
While these two dogs will not be available for adoption for a while, the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter currently has every kennel full with over 33 dogs waiting for adoption. The shelter is currently running an adoption special and encourages and welcomes the public’s assistance in making sure our dogs get forever homes.
For the updated news story, go to http://kxan.com/2018/01/17/photo-of-dog-outside-prompts-concerns-reminders-about-pet-safety-in-the-cold/