Violators of the new law could face fines up to $2,500.
A poor dog on Jackson Street lives his life on a chain says neighbors.
“Day after day my husband and I take our dogs walking and I would hear that dog crying every single morning out there,” said Sarah Florkowski.
The poor dog has sores on his nose and his water bowl is empty despite the scorching heat. There were shards of glass litter the yard where he tries to find some shade.
“For a while he did have a dog house but then after the dog house fell down they just tied him to a vacant house fence and left him there,” said Florkowski.
The neighbors tried helping the poor dog, but failed because of language barrier between them and the owner.
The news reporter took their Spanish-speaking producer to ask the family why the dog lives in such dreadful conditions.
The woman, Rosa Tomas, says the dog is her sister’s. She confirms that the dog has always been tied up outside regardless of the weather.
South Bend Common Council member Valerie Schey worked on this law for years.
“What the new law will include is that dogs cannot be chained out in their yard when there is not a responsible adult at home to supervise. The dog has to have a leather or nylon collar. You can’t just have the chain around the dog’s neck. The dog can’t be chained out between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.,” said Schey.
That means the dog on Jackson Street should say bye-bye to the heavy chain he wore and the tree he lived under. And as of Friday it is illegal to keep him tied to a tree.
Tomas says her sister may not keep the dog.
“I will have her think about that– if she wants to have him as an inside dog. She can decide whether she wants to keep him or sell him,” said Tomas.
The law also says a dog must be spayed or neutered to be outside.
The South Bend Animal Care and Control cited the owners of the dog on Jackson Street on Wednesday. The owner has 10 days to comply since the citation or they will face a fine.
And if they continue not to comply, the dog could be taken away.
Source: ABC 57