In the June issue of the AKC Gazette, the toy fox terrier column mentions summertime safety and care for small dogs and especially for puppies. The first item covers watching for hawks in the daytime and owls at night.
These are birds of prey and they are protected by federal law because they are helpful in controlling the mouse, vole, rabbit and rat populations. There is a hefty fine for anyone harming these birds. In fact, no one is allowed to provide shelter to an injured bird of prey unless the government has issued that person a license to care for it. As an example of how concerned the Fish & Wildlife agency is about individuals trying to help an injured bird, even those that are licensed are required to release the birds once they have recovered.
In the event that the bird is permanently disabled, the sanctuary must either use the bird while giving programs to groups of people or if that is not possible, the sanctuary must humanely destroy the injured bird. I emphasize this particular law because so many of us would like to “get rid” of anything that might harm our beloved dogs and puppies. If a bird of prey selects your property as a hunting ground, you must provide for your pup’s safety.