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Until the laws properly support humane treatment of our companion animals and we truly understand the nature of dogs and what they need, we will try and bridge the gap between what is �legal� and what is inhumane.

If you know of a dog who is outside in a confined area or tethered 24/7 and you would like us to send humane education material over, please contact us. In as many instances as possible, someone from DRF will go to the area to see the dog for ourselves.

However, in every instance before we can send material, please forward the following to us by email or phone:

1. The exact address of where the dog is;

2. Type of dog;

3. Picture of the dog;

4. The name of the family;

5. The animal shelter that would have been contacted regarding this family; and

6. Any factual information such as: if animal control was contacted and if so, what was the outcome; if the dog ever goes inside with the family; is there food, water and shelter; is there any other abuse occurring besides neglect?

Please note that we have been successful but unfortunately that is not always the case. You can be assured that we will do all we can to educate the family and work with the particular Animal Control Officer.

It is important to note that we do not want to be involved in any cases where concerned citizens are considering taking the animal from the premise illegally. We will do all that we can do to help the animal but we do not want to be privy to information regarding theft nor will we consider participating.

If an animal is in a state that requires immediate attention and the authorities are not responding, then we will seek media coverage or step up to the next level until someone takes a stance on behalf of the dog. Among other things, stealing someone's dog teaches them nothing. Our first objective is the dog's welfare the second is teaching the family otherwise, it will keep happening.

We understand that it is very stressful and disheartening to live next to a family that neglects their animal. Doriane Lucia, the founder of HN, has experienced it first hand while living in Los Angeles. She experienced many sleepless nights not only because of the constant barking but because of the knowledge that neglect that was occurring. (Note, we are not talking about the dog next door who is indeed a member of the family but chooses to bark at squirrels or is very expressive when he/she is outside playing.) Fortunately, the Animal Control Officers in her area worked closely with her. However, prior to contacting the authorities, she anonymously sent the family humane educational material which seemed to help for a long period of time. It is our hope that Animal Control Officers continue to work with Humane Educators so that we can bridge the gap between what is legal and what it inhumane. Thank you for caring�it�s contagious!