Co-Workers and City Ordinances
I have been bringing my dogs to work with for about 12 - 14 years, worked for the same company, a lot of the people that have worked with me for years know this. My dogs stay in a crate or insulated dog box, parked in the shade, when it is cooler outside, if it is going to be above 85 I don't bring them, they stay at home. I bring them water every two or three hours, I let them air when I bring it. The purpose behind this is, our company's parking lot buts up to a really nicely mowed field that is about 75 yards wide and 300 yards long. Allows for nice easy stretch out marks and provides a terrain change from mowed to thick thick cover on the edges and threw a couple of ditches, from flat to brush to flat again. I also have access to various bodies of water that I can use to run water marks that are 10 minutes from my work, I can go there during lunch, which is what I will do most times that I bring them. I probably do this, maybe twice a week, tops. But with it getting cooler and cooler I was going to make this a regular practice. Until......
I get an email from a concerned new hire, stating someone is leaving dogs in a box in the back of their truck and that the dogs must be provided shelter , water, and food and that I need to look into this ( I am a security manager). They stated they were going to call Animal Control to have them removed.
So I called Animal Control and the officer really didn't know the ordinances that well, quoted them, but meshed them together in a way that made no sense, so I researched them myself. According to City Ordinance I am clear, if I am interpreting them correctly
http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=10644 subpart A Chapter Six
1. My dogs have shelter when they are in the dog box
2. Water is given
3. Dogs are never here when the weather is too warm
4. My dogs don't have food 24/7 when they are at home, they are fed twice daily
5. They are on our private property only, they don't roam.
6. The box is not only insulated but well ventilated.
I like to take advantage of my free time, make the most of it, and I really like the field for young dogs learning to mark greater distances, not to mention it is an easier trip to nice working water. I am just floored after all of these years some newly hired employee wants to stir up some dust. HR and Facilities are okay with what I am doing, its just the fact that I have to even fool with this.