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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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3:09PM PDT on May 2, 2014

peopel who chain dogs outside for life should have to go through the same ordeal before they are allowed to get a dog.

1:46PM PDT on Apr 28, 2014

Pet ownership is a 24/7 responsibility. They don't exist for our convenience.If you can't provide the love and support they need, then go get a stuffed animal!

7:19AM PDT on Apr 28, 2014

there is really no reason to keep any dog outside, these people are not dog or animallovers. They are animal torturers, they have only 1 brain cell, otherwise they should not do this. ANIMALS ARE DEFENCELESS and they must be treated very well.
I hope that worldwide they will forbid this very soon, please!!!!!

4:04AM PDT on Apr 18, 2014

I think there needs to be a massive PUBLIC AWARENESS / EDUCATION campaign - think that many pple do not realize how cruel it is. Many don't give a crap, but honestly many just don't know

plus there needs to be anti tethering legislation!!!

9:17AM PDT on Apr 17, 2014

That man was terribly misguided in his good intentions. (the one who chained her up) SO glad she is free now.

5:14PM PDT on Apr 16, 2014

Good Luck little angel, now, enjoy you freedom and hopefully soon you'll
find a forever home

10:09PM PDT on Apr 15, 2014

There is absolutely no reason to chain a dog!
It needs to be banned immediately!!!

6:40PM PDT on Apr 15, 2014

The whole institution of 'chained dogs' NEEDS TO BE BANNED. It is just plain cruel and unforgivable. No animal deserves this, only the so-called 'owners', give them their own medicine and see how long they last in a blizzard. Wonderful rescue and Best Wishes Darla :) :) :)

4:51AM PDT on Jul 31, 2013

Awesome story.

12:14AM PDT on Jul 9, 2013

Such a great story. Thank you for rescuing her, she seems such a sweetheart. I live in an apartment or I would have too many dogs and too many cats! I fall in love with almost every one I see.

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