Dog Found Tied Up in Freezing Temps

A dog was reported discovered left out in freezing temperatures on Lafayette Street Wednesday evening.

With overnight low temperatures dipping into the single digits in Salem, let this story serve as a reminder to bring your pets in this time of year.

At 5:39 p.m. Wednesday, a Lafayette Street resident reportedly called police to complain about a dog that had been "barking outside for three hours."

The temperature at the time, according to this morning's police log, was 15.

The local animal control officer, Donald Famico, reportedly found a short-haired Weimaraner tied to a rope in a nearby backyard and waited for the owner to get home.

When the owner returned home, Famico reportedly notified them that "a summons could be issued for a cruelty to animals violation" for leaving the dog out in this weather, according to the log entry.

A city ordinance violation was issued to the owners.

The dog was reportedly let inside for the night.

chester suchecki January 25, 2013 at 12:34 PM
the animal control officer is going to come out of hiding? this person is privleged
Carolyn Costain January 25, 2013 at 03:36 PM
Its sad that some people think that just because the dog has fur "it will stay warm" its only true with some dogs that thrive in cold climates like Alaska or the dog is in a pack and they curl up together for body heat. Most domestic dogs do not have fur on their belly and the bare skin is exposed. The owner of this dog should be tide up in the yard with their belly exposed and see how they feel after hours in the cold. It's cruelty at its worst in this weather!
Michelle January 25, 2013 at 03:46 PM
What do you mean "could be"? Why wasn't it???
Amy Malkoff January 25, 2013 at 04:11 PM
it's amazing that anyone would need to be "reminded" to do this
Carolyn Costain January 25, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Chester, have you ever even seen a dog officers truck on the job in Salem? When pit bulls were on the loose near my home the police responded. When two of my cats were poisoned over the summer, the police responded. When you call the dog officer you get nothing but an answering machine. It seems like the police have to do the dog officers job taking them away from other emergencies. Why is this guy getting paid for not responding and a no show when he is needed! its not the job of our police officers.
Carolyn Costain January 25, 2013 at 04:49 PM
I think they meant "It could be issued" If they can find the dog officer to do his job and issue one!
Pat January 25, 2013 at 04:53 PM
why weren't charges issued???????
Chris Helms (Editor) January 25, 2013 at 06:00 PM
I feel like a lot depends on the dog's coat, as Carolyn said. Our Border Collie mutt has an enormous coat. I'm not sure I'd leave her outside tied up for hours in this weather, but she could certainly stand it better than a Weimaraner.
Michelle King January 25, 2013 at 06:58 PM
It seems like lazy dog officers are the norm. They work business hours instead of second or thrid shift and the police officers get to do their job for those hours. It is the same way in Lynn. Hopefully Donald Famico does his job this time and that dog is treated well in the future. Definitely a summons-worthy offense.
Michelle King January 25, 2013 at 06:58 PM
pk January 25, 2013 at 07:29 PM
Don Famico does his best with limited time. The city does not pay him a full-time salary.
john January 25, 2013 at 07:40 PM
If you call the police for animal related issues they try to contact the dog officer. As stated he is a part time employee and why should he work for time he is not being paid for? If you call the police about a barking dog(disturbing the peace) they very seldom respond. If Famico is smart he will use this to his advantage and say what do you want from a part time employee? This is what happens when you have a mayor that wants to do away with city employees.
Bob January 25, 2013 at 09:30 PM
I agree with John. I have a nieghbor who lets the dog bark outside at all hrs and all day. Called police and no response. Called Famico and got nowhere. Called animal abuse org. about leaving the dog out for hrs in the freezing cold and they did nothing but patronize me. If you do anything on your own you will be arrested. Famico is a joke as far as I'm concerned. Part time workers at McDonalds work allot harder for less money. Just saying.
Misty January 26, 2013 at 02:20 AM
Bob- call the MSPCA next time you see it. unacceptable, and leaving any animal out in this cold IS abuse.
Bob January 26, 2013 at 03:10 AM
Thats who I called. I couldn't think of who it was. BTW, that dog is still out in the cold sometimes all day with no shelter and barks all day. Other nieghbors complained to no satisfaction. I still say Famico even if he is part time should work part time. Try and get him personally. You won't. And he never answers his messages. But my complaint is with everyone concerned or lets say not concerned.
Deb January 26, 2013 at 03:15 AM
Yes, Famico's part time - so why do we *never* see any incidents where he shows up, hmmmm? More like "no time". It's always SPD. ALWAYS.
Claudia Siniawski January 26, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Bob, At the tail end of 2012, an ordinance went into effect that disallows chaining dogs up over a 24 hour period. It is already illegal to have a dog outside without water and adequate shelter. The Law Enforcement branch of either organization must come out to investigate. ARL: (617) 226-5610 cap@arlboston.org MSPCA: (617) 522-6008 or (800) 628-5808 Here's MA General Law on nuisance barking: http://www.malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXX/Chapter140/Section157 And Salem has this in Sec. 22-2: Animals and birds. Owning, possessing or harboring any animal or bird which frequently or for continued duration makes sounds which create a noise disturbance across a residential real property boundary. There are laws on the books pertaining to your situation; you just need to find someone to actually enforce them. I'd say it's time to get squeaky.
Donnie January 27, 2013 at 04:11 AM
Most dog owners are irresponsible. Take for example the ones that walk our neighborhoods promoting their dog to deficate and urinate....disgusting. Board of Health and Animal Control needs to crack down on this health issue.
Donnie January 27, 2013 at 04:11 AM
Most dog owners are irresponsible. Take for example the ones that walk our neighborhoods promoting their dog to deficate and urinate....disgusting. Board of Health and Animal Control needs to crack down on this health issue.
Simon Vaughn Markham January 29, 2013 at 12:53 AM
^I wouldn't say MOST but definitely more than a few. These types of neglectful/borderline abusive owners need to consider how they would feel if THEY were left outside for hours with nothing more than a 1-2 inch fur coat. My dogs bark a lot even if out for 1-3 minutes and can be very annoying but the real issue isn't the annoyance they cause, it's their safety and health that is a bigger issue
Bob January 29, 2013 at 12:10 PM
Safety and health is important but when a dog is left out for hours and not minutes and they bark all day it is so annoying when your sick, sleeping, trying to take a nap, suntanning, ect., you care more about shutting that mutt up more than it's health. My grandson got so traumatized by this dog at an early age from jumping at the fence trying to get him and barking like a crazzed dog, that he is scared to death of any dogs today. And all these years Famico did nothing to stop it even when I called and called. One nieghbor moved out. One tried to get a court order, didn't work. So as of the last couple days the dog is outside in the cold weather barking his head off as usual. In the old days we could do something about it, but the laws against animal and people abuse prevent it.
Carolyn Costain January 29, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Bob , you should video tape and note the hours the dog barks for a week then take the owner to small claims and sue them for destroying "The quiet peaceful enjoyment of ones own home." There are laws in in MA. There is a constitutional right to the quiet enjoyment of one's home." So Bob look up the law and use it. "Maybe then they will take better care of the dog and not neglect it as it sounds like the case.
Bob January 29, 2013 at 07:18 PM
My nieghbor did just that and was warned by the court to not bother the nieghbor or end up in jail. He thought going the route you suggested would work and they turned it on him because this woman was a cripple living alone and the dog was her protection. Believe me, we tried all angles. I still think Famico favors her and is warning her in advance when we call the police. I did tape it and got nowhere.
john January 29, 2013 at 07:41 PM
The dog officer is a part of the Salem Police Dept. If people are really getting no response from the dog officer about dog related problems,I would call Chief Tucker and ask why. He is a very hands on person and I would be shocked if you did not get some kind of response. Years ago I had a problem with a dog next to my house. I made no more than a couple of calls to Famico and he responded and resolved the problem. I think people really need to be aware that part time is about 20 hours per week. As I said call the chief ,call your councilor and the trail will lead to the mayor.
Misty January 29, 2013 at 11:39 PM
If someone would give me the addresses of where these dogs are being left out for long periods of time I will gladly call the MSPCA and do something about it.


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