I was wondering if anyone knew rules/regulations regarding how long someone can keep their dog outside in the winter.
Since moving into my current apartment 5 months ago, I've periodically noticed that someone a few apartment buildings away from me sometimes leaves their dog outside for long amounts of time - I can see the dog through several conjoined "back yards." In the late summer/fall, I don't see it being too much of a problem (besides the fact that the dog barks incessantly, so that could be a noise violation). I'm not home during the weekdays very often, but today I've noticed that the dog has been left on the back "porch" (aka fire escape) for the last 45 minutes. It's 31º F, and there's some snow on the ground.
I just feel bad for the dog. Is this normal and should I just calm down? Or do you guys think maybe it's a bit sketchy?
If it's relevant, the dog looks a bit like a spaniel mix, so mid-size dog. I don't know if it's cold, but it certainly can't be warm.