Prevent Animal Cruelty: Help a Neglected, Chained Dog
Chaining or tethering an outside dog for extended periods of time is one of the most common forms of animal cruelty. In the worst cases, the chained dog is doomed to live his whole life alone in the same, small area around his tether. Weeks, months and years go by, but the dog sees only the same, hopeless scene day after day — usually without adequate food, water, shelter or care.
Dogs are pack animals and thus highly sociable creatures, so it would be difficult to invent a crueler form of canine punishment. They crave nothing more than the attention and love of their family. When they are denied that again and again, they become not only lonely, but often aggressive. In fact, cases in which dogs fatally attack humans frequently involve chained dogs; sadly, the victims are often neighborhood children.
Chaining and tethering can be physically dangerous for dogs too. An ill-fitting collar can injure the dog's neck and throat; there have even been cases of dogs whose collars became embedded in their necks after years of being chained. Dogs chained near a fence, meanwhile, can hang themselves if they try to jump over it in desperation. Health problems are frequent in chained dogs as a result of extreme weather, insects, and attacks from other animals. Chained dogs are also often the victims of teasing and sometimes even theft or abuse by strangers. Finally, other animals suffer from chaining as well when the dogs' increased aggression leads them to attack cats and wildlife.
Chaining a dog outside for extended periods of time has been declared inhumane not just by the The Humane Society, PETA, Dogs Deserve Better and numerous other humane organizations, but also by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Many communities have passed anti-cruelty laws that restrict or eliminate the practice. Nevertheless, there are still countless neglected, chained dogs out there who have no one but caring humans like you to be their voice.
So if there's a dog in your neighborhood who is frequently chained and seems neglected, find a safe way to help. The success stories are inspiring. Just one dog freed from this life of despair is a victory in the battle against animal cruelty everywhere.
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