In the doghouse
September 15, 2008 6:49 AM Subscribe
Ethics/legality of doghouses in winter states. What are the laws and animal cruelty considerations of keeping a dog outside in a doghouse during working hours in winter cold/summer heat?
posted by spicynuts to Pets & Animals (19 answers total)
I have been briefly (that means only casually) entertaining the idea of adopting an older dog, however, the research I've done on costs of dog walkers is prohibitive. I have a very large back deck, but due to back walls being all glass, cannot install a doggie door. My instinct says that it is most likely inhumane to force a dog to spend my working hours in a dog house on the deck during the extremes of heat and cold that New York City is subject to, but I thought perhaps there are certain breeds that could handle it. Before I go any further with this idea, I'd like to hear from actual experts/people who have dogs. Is it 100% out of the question both legally and ethically to build a dog house and keep the dog in it during the day in winter/summer or are there breeds that could handle it without this being cruel/illegal?