Q. It's my room mates pet, he keeps the dog locked in his room day after day year after year! He smokes so much it chokes me when the furnace kick's on!
A. Situations like this are terribly sad. Unfortunately, there isn't a whole lot that can be done. You could try and report though it is unlikely the SPCA can do much, it's worth the try. Otherwise, the best tool you have in your pocket is education. Tell your roommate that this is a form of abuse and being very irresponsible. Maybe try talking to them and see if they actually want to own the dog anymore, in a lot of these situations the dog is just sort of there and they may not actually have interest in owning it anymore. I hate to see a dog bumped from their home but in a situation like this, re-homing the dog may be the best thing for it. As a last resort, if you are able to, see if you can try caring for the dog.
DR. MASSIMO ORIOLES, DVM, MRCVS
A. Not very good habits. Golden Retrievers need to be take out at least twice daily for long walks (15-20ms at least).
Passive smoke is a problem for pets as well as human being. Make your room mate aware of it!