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AWLA Warns Against ‘Unsupervised Doggie Doors’

by ARLnow.com March 20, 2012 at 1:15 pm 3,050 18 Comments

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington recently responded to a lost dog call that, they say, is a cautionary tale against “unsupervised doggie doors.”

From the AWLA’s animal control blotter:

A woman called the shelter to report a dog loose in her neighborhood. An animal control officer responded and found a lactating black Labrador mix sitting in front of a house. Searching around, the officer found no puppies. There was no answer when the officer knocked on the door so she left a note saying that the dog was taken to the shelter. Later that afternoon, the owner called and explained that the dog escaped through their doggie door. The lab was picked and reunited with her 4 week old puppies. The League discourages the use of unsupervised doggie doors not only due to the risk of losing their pet but because the door allows wildlife into the house.

  • Aww!

    Aw Puppies!!

  • They have doors that remain locked until the dog with a RFID collar approaches it.

  • dallynd

    Exactly what I was going to say, Overgrown. Work fine.

  • Juanita de Talmas

    because the door allows wildlife into the house

    It’s true. I came downstairs one morning to find my kitchen had been trashed by a raccoon that came in the cat door.

  • Chris M.

    This story makes no sense. A dog does not “escape” through a doggie door. It escapes through an open or inadequate fence.

  • Susannah

    Mom dog obviously needed a mental health day…I sympathize!!

    • jan

      me too

  • AVer

    The AWLA should also post warnings against backyard breeders. Control the pet population!

    • Tabs

      +3-4 million euthanized animals per year.

    • dude

      my dog is pro life dude

  • Kimba

    AWLA does work to control the pet population. Have you heard of their TNR program or low cost spay and neuters? They even have a vet on staff.

  • roquer

    Never have a doggie door in Arlington. Burglars can get into your house through doggie doors.

    • JMB

      Burglars can get into your house through doggie doors.

      Short ones, anyway.

  • Richard Cranium

    Your neighbors chickens might also get into your house through that thing. The Horror!

    • OldTimer

      With a trail of feed leading directly to the crockpot.

      • Arlingtonian

        Do you mean crackpot?


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