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The Facts About Chaining or Tethering Dogs

Animals  (tags: animals, dogs, tethered, AnimalWelfare, AnimalCruelty, environment, protection, pets )

- 3699 days ago -
Countless dogs languish on chains in their owners' yards every day. Dogs are inherently social animals, and too many dogs are relegated to this empty life. Dogs who live tethered outside often become lonely, bored and anxious and can develop territorial


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Tamara P (68)
Sunday May 3, 2009, 10:09 am
Unfortunately, this is a common practice. I hope views on this can be changed. Thanks Cher.

MARY D (158)
Sunday May 3, 2009, 1:48 pm
People need to realize that pets are family. Never to be alone or outside.

Kathy W (299)
Sunday May 3, 2009, 1:57 pm
Sadly the first 2 years of one of my dogs life was spent on a chain. He has come a long way since he moved in with us, but he still has anxiety issues and he is terrified of thunderstorms and really freaks out during one. If at night I always keep a light on for him and turn a radio on so that he doesn't see the lightening so much or hear the thunder to much. Poor baby. (He is 13 now) :)
Thanks Cher

Susan Bennett (54)
Monday May 4, 2009, 2:04 am
Cher, thanks for posting this. It's a common practice in my neighborhood, even when the dog is in a fenced yard. I am still haunted by a coworker who had a small beagle chained to a tree 24/7. It is so hot in KC in summer w/temperatures well over 100 degrees. She told me "poor Barney" wrapped his chain around the tree trying to get to his water bowl and "asphyxiated himself," as if blaming the dog for being stupid. What was worse, she got a new dog the very same day so the "children" wouldn't be without a dog. She showed no signs of sadness, remorse, or responsibility. Yet, she's now in a very high position with that company in the Human Resources Department to boot! I heard my veterinarian on a talk radio program telling people how cruel this is and never do this to a dog, also explained many dogs have died the same way Barney did. Thanks for bringing this to more awareness.

Margery G (7)
Monday May 4, 2009, 9:31 am
When they aren't racing, Iditarod dogs are forced to live at the end of a chain. Dogs who don't make the main teams aren't taken off chain. For more information, go to the Sled Dog Action Coalition page:
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