Hi, I have an aussie, I own my own home with a 1/4 an acre and own 5 chickens and a duck as well(they actually own me lol) I also have 3 small children and a husband. We had a cat but his wee little liver failed a month or so ago and the parakeet passed last winter or so. I live in a smallish town near des moines ia. Animal control came calling today. When they asked me if my dog has a dog house I laughed and said no what for? They asked if I leave food and water out for her and I said, well no, are you kidding we would have raccoons faster than I can say chicken s*&%. They said someone reported me for keeping my dog outside year round in all weather with no shelter, food, water and on a chain. That she barks incessantly for food. Now, at that point I was a touch angry and walked around back and got my sophie, she had just been let outside to go potty and was running around our fenced backyard chasing squirrels happily, I put her on a leash and brought her around. They immediately commented on the fact that she was fat, brushed and clean. I explained that I am forced to put her on a chain from time to time when we leave to go look at houses, we are in the process of buying an acreage in des moines area see. Having tough luck finding one we like. We have a leanto built for her which I welcomed them to go look at which is 4x8 foot with a privacy fence to the rear and the front is a shed so very little wind gets in there. I feed her inside the house because the creatures we would be inviting otherwise just might take a fancy to my chickens. I explained the neighbor next door is a high ranking police officer and if he thought we were neglecting her he would have definitely commented on it for starters. I have no idea who this person was but it ticks me off. In the winter when it was super cold I let her go potty in the egress window thru the basement so she would not get cold(it is a really large area way bigger than the window and is covered above. She sleeps with me alot of the time and I just made her a roast to test her teeth on today(the really cheap ones parcooked in the microwave make great chew toys of a day fyi) I foster animals for another local shelter from time to time and volunteer. I run the des moines freecycle. I mean come on, I am not neglecting my dog and I am a good person in my opinion. Yet it took me 40 minutes to convince them of this because of what I originally said not realizing what they were asking. What in the world do I do? I am not sure who complained, my dog is rarely outside as she prefers staring at the duck and fantasizing (I hope I spelled that right) and sleeping on a big comfy bed well that and scrounging for crumbs my under age 3 children leave around. Can I sue for the information on who it was who made this crud up and then go after them for defamation? It will be several months I think before we can move into the next house as we still have not found one we like. They were not willing to tell me who it was but I think it was a neighbor who just does not want a dog in the neighborhood(pretty sure I know who it is now that I think about it) oh and my dog barks maybe once every 2-3 weeks, someone has to come and bother her and make her think she has to defend her family(she is a BIG wimp) any ideas? cracks me up, they call about the dog and I am not even allowed to have chickens per a new city ordinance. animal control did not care about them though, they thought it was funny. My dog is a purebred, do you think someone was thinking they could adopt her if she was removed? I just dont really get it.