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Dog Found Tied Up in Freezing Temps

A dog was reported discovered left out in freezing temperatures on Lafayette Street Wednesday evening.

With overnight low temperatures dipping into the single digits in Salem, let this story serve as a reminder to bring your pets in this time of year.

At 5:39 p.m. Wednesday, a Lafayette Street resident reportedly called police to complain about a dog that had been "barking outside for three hours."

The temperature at the time, according to this morning's police log, was 15.

The local animal control officer, Donald Famico, reportedly found a short-haired Weimaraner tied to a rope in a nearby backyard and waited for the owner to get home.

When the owner returned home, Famico reportedly notified them that "a summons could be issued for a cruelty to animals violation" for leaving the dog out in this weather, according to the log entry.

A city ordinance violation was issued to the owners.

The dog was reportedly let inside for the night.

Bob January 29, 2013 at 12:10 PM
Safety and health is important but when a dog is left out for hours and not minutes and they bark all day it is so annoying when your sick, sleeping, trying to take a nap, suntanning, ect., you care more about shutting that mutt up more than it's health. My grandson got so traumatized by this dog at an early age from jumping at the fence trying to get him and barking like a crazzed dog, that he is scared to death of any dogs today. And all these years Famico did nothing to stop it even when I called and called. One nieghbor moved out. One tried to get a court order, didn't work. So as of the last couple days the dog is outside in the cold weather barking his head off as usual. In the old days we could do something about it, but the laws against animal and people abuse prevent it.
Carolyn Costain January 29, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Bob , you should video tape and note the hours the dog barks for a week then take the owner to small claims and sue them for destroying "The quiet peaceful enjoyment of ones own home." There are laws in in MA. There is a constitutional right to the quiet enjoyment of one's home." So Bob look up the law and use it. "Maybe then they will take better care of the dog and not neglect it as it sounds like the case.
Bob January 29, 2013 at 07:18 PM
My nieghbor did just that and was warned by the court to not bother the nieghbor or end up in jail. He thought going the route you suggested would work and they turned it on him because this woman was a cripple living alone and the dog was her protection. Believe me, we tried all angles. I still think Famico favors her and is warning her in advance when we call the police. I did tape it and got nowhere.
john January 29, 2013 at 07:41 PM
The dog officer is a part of the Salem Police Dept. If people are really getting no response from the dog officer about dog related problems,I would call Chief Tucker and ask why. He is a very hands on person and I would be shocked if you did not get some kind of response. Years ago I had a problem with a dog next to my house. I made no more than a couple of calls to Famico and he responded and resolved the problem. I think people really need to be aware that part time is about 20 hours per week. As I said call the chief ,call your councilor and the trail will lead to the mayor.
Misty January 29, 2013 at 11:39 PM
If someone would give me the addresses of where these dogs are being left out for long periods of time I will gladly call the MSPCA and do something about it.

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