The dog is a highly socialised animal which, to be content, needs almost continual access to company, animal or human.
It is obvious that most owners do not understand this.
It is increasingly evident, by their barking, that innumerable suburban dogs are enduring the everyday cruelty of isolation while their owners are at work or otherwise absent.
In the interests of animal welfare and neighbourhood peace it is appropriate that no dog should have an owner not able to meet its essential needs.
It is predictable that the offence "Leaving a Dog Unattended" will inhibit the keeping of dogs in situations of prolonged distress for them.
It is predictable that the number of dogs kept in the wholly unnatural conditions of the suburban environment will decrease.
It is predictable that the suburbs will become more peaceful and hence healthier for human occupation.
The huge and growing number of dogs kept in the suburban environment;
That most dogs are kept in the suburbs under conditions of close confinement;
That the suburbs comprise a totally unnatural environment for an animal congenitally programmed to free-range;
That innumerable confined backyard dogs are left unattended by their owners because of work commitments, especially during the daytime;
That many of these dogs bark intermittently or continuously because of their boredom, frustration, confinement and deprivation of animal and human contact;
That such extended isolation to a dog, a social animal by nature, can be torture;
That the dog commonly vents its frustration, anguish and torment by whining, howling and loud continuous barking; and
That such barking is increasingly noxious to nearby humans, is often damaging to their health, and is usually in contravention of barking control laws now so commonly left almost entirely unenforced by reckless animal control authorities having regulatory powers but refusing to use them.
Your Petitioners therefore ask all governments to:
Create the Dog Control Act offence "Leaving a Dog Unattended to its ongoing distress" and
Compel enforcement by authorised persons with the words:
"It is the obligation of any person on whom a function is imposed or a power is conferred under this Act to perform the function or to exercise the power..."