Share This New Reporting Form To Save Chained Dogs' Lives
Chaining a dog is a cruel practice, and a life-endangering choice made by people all over the country. In extreme circumstances, chained dogs can be drowned, as they are unable to move or escape the deluge of rising water from floods, hurricanes, and other storms. More commonly, however, are dogs freezing to death in the winter, chained with no blankets or shelter, or dogs dehydrating in the summer with no access to food or water or shade.
The tragic reality for dog suffering at the end of chains, is that few localities across the nation have any legislation in place to deal with animal tethering. Of the 21 states that have dog chaining rules and regulations, many are either chock full of loopholes or they are rarely enforced.
In Defense of Animals has launched our Break the Chains campaign to support chained dogs where the law, or the people entrusted to uphold the law have let them down. Chaining was classified as cruel over 20 years ago, but even still, today, it occurs without repercussion. We’re building a network of canine advocates to tackle this issue head on. We’ve also launched a new reporting form that we intend to utilize to lead the way toward a unifying federal bill to be passed and then enforced across the country.
The purpose of this form is to gather data from professionals and other first-hand witnesses of the effects of dog tethering. As we accumulate more information, we will present it to legislators and lawmakers and get protections for dogs nationwide.
No animal should be left chained and forgotten like a piece of inanimate property. Animal companions deserve warmth from the cold, relief from the heat, safety from wild animals, and access to food, water, shelter, and love.
Please fill out our reporting form if you have direct experience with animal tethering and share it with anyone you know who regularly visits people's homes as part of their work such as veterinarians, animal control officers, law enforcement officers, rescue groups and volunteers, canine behaviorists, real estate agents, postal workers, cable and power company workers or any other professional who may come into contact with tethered canines. Chained dogs can’t move or fight for themselves, so it’s up to us. The more data we get, the harder we can fight. It’s time to break the chains today.