Extract from PETA* newsletter
It is not uncommon to see dogs left chained outdoors, sentenced to a miserable life of solitary confinement. We can’t think of a more cruel punishment for these social pack animals. Dogs want and deserve companionship, scratches behind the ears, walks around the block, and the opportunity to curl up at their guardians’ feet at night under shelter.
Kept “out of sight, out of mind,” chained dogs are often deprived of adequate food, water, and veterinary care – in addition to having their emotional and social needs completely ignored. Many are denied proper shelter and have nothing to shield them from drenching rain or the hot summer sun. Countless chained dogs have frozen to death during cold snaps, drowned in floods, or died of heatstroke in sweltering temperatures.
Chained dogs are also totally vulnerable to roaming animals and cruel people. Many have been stolen, set on fire, shot, stabbed, tortured, or poisoned by cruel passersby or neighbours who were annoyed by their barking.
Chaining – as well as caging and crating – deprives dogs of their most basic necessities, including the freedom to walk around, the opportunity to relieve themselves in an out-of-the-way place, and the ability to stretch out and relax. Dogs that are chained for long periods often become aggressive, depressed, or anxious and begin to experience muscle atrophy or other serious problems.
How You Can Help
Call BAWA on 0811-389-004 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If the dog’s life is not in immediate danger you can talk to its guardian in a friendly, non-confrontational manner. Share these facts:
- Dogs crave companionship. They aim to please their guardians, and they want to spend time with them, live with them indoors, and be allowed to socialise freely.[/one_half] They do not want to be confined to a cage or by a chain.
- Dogs left outside need access to all-day shade and sturdy shelter, such as a waterproof, sealed wooden house with the floor elevated a few inches off the ground and a flap covering the entrance.
- Dogs need an adequate amount of food every day. Food should be provided in a dry, clean dish.
- Dogs need fresh water every day.
- Dogs require daily exercise. Walks and runs are a necessity for dogs of all sizes.
While you work with the dog’s guardian, offer to give the dog some attention and playtime yourself if the guardian will permit it. Your example might even inspire the guardian to start taking better care of his or her dog. Here are some ideas:
- Ask for permission to take the dog for walks.
- Offer some toys to the dog – with the guardian’s approval.
- Visit the dog regularly, but be careful not to become a nuisance.
Many neglected dogs’ lives have been forever changed because someone cared enough to offer to take them for a walk or give them toys and treats and some much-needed affection. You can be that someone and make a world of difference to dogs like Jinggo (pictured). Please don’t turn away if you see a chained dog. You may be his or her only hope for a better life. Thank you for caring and for taking action!
* People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
** BAWA will bring you the sad story of poor Jinggo soon. Right now we are working to change his life.