Do You Chain Your Dog?
“Never tether or chain your dog because this can contribute to aggressive behavior.” ~ Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
Tethering Dogs is Inhumane
Dogs are naturally social beings who thrive on interaction with human beings and other animals. In the wild, dogs and wolves live, eat, sleep, and hunt with a family of other canines. Dogs are genetically determined to live in a group.
A dog kept chained alone in one spot for hours, days, months, or even years suffers immense psychological damage. An otherwise friendly and docile dog, when kept continuously chained, becomes neurotic, unhappy, anxious, and often aggressive. In many cases, the necks of chained dogs become raw and covered with sores, the result of improperly fitted collars and the dogs’ constant yanking and straining to escape confinement. Some chained dogs have collars embedded in their necks, the result of years of neglect at the end of a chain. Chained dogs frequently become entangled in their chains, too, and unable to access food, water, and shelter.
What Can You Do to Help In Pennsylvania?
Please visit www.unchainpadogs.com and read more about dog tethering and what Pennsylvania legislation is being done to change the laws. Please take the time to join, petition, contact your legislators, and whatever else is available to make the changes needed for these dogs.
Dogs that live under these conditions live a sad, depressing life. If you see this going on in your neighborhood, contact your local humane officer to see what can be done.
Our hopes are that some day, the law will catch up to this terrible practice and give us some backing. Without laws to make it stop, people can continue to leave their dogs on chains their entire lives, in filthy conditions, with no love or attention from anyone, in total neglect.
We need action to make this stop.
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