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“She Cried While She Ate”: Unchained Dog Overcome With Joy

“She Cried While She Ate”: Unchained Dog Overcome With Joy

By Kristie Hendricks, Dogs Deserve Better Representative for New York

I received a call about sweet dog chained to a tree, needing to be spayed and perhaps re-homed. The caller knew that the owner would allow the spay, but was unsure if he would allow me to re-home to a family who would allow her indoors.

Upon my arrival, I found Darla chained to a tree in a very secluded backyard, way down a hill where she could not even see the home. Her shelter was a very rickety box with holes and lots of space for wind, water and snow to get in. She spent more than three years living there and had puppies that were given away at the grocery store. When she saw us coming, she was so happy that she whimpered and cried. She did so as I petted her as well; she was just so happy for the love and attention.

The owner said she wandered into his yard and he kept her there because he was fearful that she would be put to sleep, since she was a pit bull. With some education and compassion, he decided to let her go.

When I got her home, she cried while she ate. She was just as overwhelmed with emotion as was I. Darla is one of the sweetest dogs I have ever met. She loves everyone and appreciates every ounce of love she gets.

For All the Darlas Out There…

There’s a connection among all chained dogs. They’re all terribly lonely. They all suffer hunger and thirst. They all shiver in the winter cold and bake in the summer heat. And they all deserve better. They’re sisters and brothers in a web of neglect and we aim to do something about it.  If you can help us in our quest to rescue chained dogs from suffering, to educate neglectful owners and to pass laws against chaining, we need you now. Please visit us here to make a donation.


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4:42AM PDT on May 6, 2015

A sad statement about the disgrace known as humans.

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4:52PM PDT on May 4, 2015

Thank you so much for giving her a life!! Sitting alone,in chain somewhere,without shelter or anyone who cares....that's not life,that's slow dying.

1:50AM PDT on May 4, 2015

very sad l life being chained, glad one more found a comfortable home.

6:59PM PDT on May 3, 2015

It's so sad to hear these stories but I think Georgia has a great idea!!!

4:19PM PDT on May 3, 2015

I HATE dogs kept on chains! Why have a dog and not have it with you in the house? They are social creatures and need their pack with them. It needs to be made illegal to keep dogs on chains. They should be in fenced yards, but I suppose too many people are too tight fisted to pay for the fencing. They also should be made to sleep in the home not some old box. Or in the case of a 10 year old Afghan hound I rescued she had a dip in the ground to lie in. When I went to get her, her water bowl was an old cheap frying pan with no handle with a 1/4 " of dirty ice in it. She didn't have a food bowl there were bits of nasty food on the ground. When I drove up she didn't even open her eyes. She had layen down to die. Her coat was matted to her skin. It took myself and a friend over 4 hours to get it cut off. She quickly learned a game bark at the patio door and get let out, then turn and brake and get let in. She played this every day for the 2 1/2 years I had her. Rescuing her was a delight. I love rescuing older dogs as they are so appreciative. It's wonderful to spoil them.

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