How Can We Prevent Animal Abuse? Unchain Your Dog

How can we prevent animal abuse?

Animal abuse takes many forms.  The topic I speak of today is a dog on a chain.  I will probably step on a few people’s toes with this post. 

On the other hand, probably none of you keep your dog on a chain all day and night.

My little dog and I walk 2-3 miles every morning.  I see several dogs running around in their fenced in yards.  I don’t think this is too bad unless they get no attention all day long.  They probably do not.

I know that two of those dogs are left out all night.  Tennessee winters can get pretty cold.  At least one of those dogs should not be out with the temperature dipping down into the teens and 20s.

On our walk, Romeo and I see one dog that is chained.  It is growling and barking.  It’s rearing up and seems to want to attack us.

I used to get upset by the dog’s behavior .  But then I thought about the kind of life he lived – a terrible life!  His life consisted only of what existed on the length of that chain.  His owner probably paid no attention to it.  As he saw Romeo and me go by, I can see why he would be upset.

I’m sorry, but I don’t think that is the way to treat a dog.  The dog deserves much better.

The owner should not have gotten the dog in the first place.  The dog was probably cute as a puppy.  But puppies grow up.  They become a major responsibility for the owner.

Before buying a dog the owner should seriously consider this responsibility.   If the owner can’t feed the dog good food, care for the dog properly, and can’t make the dog a part of the family, then the owner should not buy the dog.

I have owned several dogs in my life.  Some were cuter than others.  But each one of them was a major part of our family.  They were fed high quality dog food, received a lot of exercise, lived inside with us, and were an extremely important part of our family.

I read an article in Dogster.com that discusses the topic of how we can prevent animal abuse and emphasizes dogs that are kept on chains.  It is called, “My Family Chained Our Dog — And I’ve Joined the Movement Against That.”

Living close (0.7 miles) to the university where I do some adjunct teaching has been a real blessing for our fuel budget, but it has also been a curse. My morning stroll takes me past a couple of problem pet situations: specifically, dogs on chains.

One is relegated to a doghouse quite a distance from the house, presumably so the owners aren’t bothered by barking. The second is closer to the road and most always barks excitedly when I walk by. The house is nice, but this beautiful Cocker Spaniel is chained to an old flatbed trailer, which does at least allow him to get out of the heat or rain. He also has adequate food and water. What he doesn’t have is adequate companionship.

I don’t know how many days I have walked past these two dogs and wished things were different. I’ve fussed at the heartlessness of the people living in these nice houses who, for whatever reason (none good enough in my mind), relegate their dogs to chains outside.

But you know what has come to bother me more? Me. Yours truly. The one who has continued to walk by doing nothing. I don’t mean to get all religious on you, but Matthew 7:3 comes to mind: Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?

The entire article can be read here.  A short video is included.

It’s a very moving story.  The article encourages us to do something – anything.  You can get in touch with organizations in your city to see where help is needed so we know how to prevent animal abuse.

I’m certainly not suggesting that you get in a fight with the owner of a chained dog.  But there must be other things you can do to help.

What suggestions do you have?  How can we prevent animal abuse, especially as it relates to chained dogs?  Thanks for your comments.

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