This lonely pathetic figure could be seen chained up behind a fence as the AHS Animal Control Officer made his rounds in Plainfield. She was underweight and no food or water was seen.
The ACO spoke to the owners on a few occasions and they said they would comply to correct the situation but each time he visited the residence, it was obvious that they had no intention of doing so. Within a short time the long-awaited proposed animal protection ordinance was passed! With input by the AHS, Plainfield Councilwoman Bridget Rivers produced an all-encompassing ordinance to include anti-tethering, specific definition for shelter and temperature restrictions. And the Town Council passed it.
In our last contact with the owner, they advised that they wanted to surrender the dog and would do so "over the weekend". Councilwoman Rivers believed that this female dog had been living a chained life of empty solitude and bereft any kindness or attention. The time had come to rescue this dog from her harsh existence. With the assistance of the Plainfield Police, the AHS Animal Control Officer visited the property and took possession of a grateful pit bull. The owner made no effort to call or visit. "Emerson" is about 4 years old and the female now deserves the most loving and tender care that has not been a part of her life.
This past winter with sub-freezing temperatures, snow and icy conditions that victimized animals showed the need for tighter laws. Local municipal ordinances were being planned to improve anti-tethering, shelter and temperature restrictions that were sorely needed. The Plainfield ordinance has become a model for other municipalities. A copy is available by e-mailing usasking for a copy.
For more information on Emerson, call the AHS at 973-824-7080 and refer to 134944 or e-mail us.