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Articles Against Chaining
Dogs Should Not Be Chained
We were sickened to read about the eight-year-old who was attacked by the chained dogs on Wilson Street. It is because of incidences like this that we volunteer with Dogs Deserve Better and Parents Against Dog Chaining; two groups that are working to get dogs off of chains and out of pens and into the family. Absolutely no dog, regardless of breed or size, deserves to live its life on a chain or in a pen.
Christmas has gone to the dogs
Dogs across Hobbs got a helping hand and a holiday gift
this week thanks to the help of Amanda Green and Justin
Dreyer, local representatives of Dogs Deserve Better, an
international non-profit dedicated to improving dogs’
Fighting for the Bullies (and all chained dogs)
Laura Catterton 8/25/09
I became aware of DDB back in 2004 after moving into our new home near Pensacola, FL just after Hurricane Ivan. After the hurricane blew down part of our fence, I noticed the neighbors behind us had five pit bulls on chains and not just any chains.
Michael Vick - To Play or Not
Jan Gilmer 7/30/09
Animal lovers who are also football fans, face a dilemma come this fall - to watch NFL games and support an organization that would allow a convicted animal murderer to play for them, or to ban everything NFL. Where do you stand?. Read more.
It Took A Dog Named Maggy
Joe Maringo, 7/13/09
One of my first memories as a young boy was of our family dogs, Molly, a collie, and her son Whiskey. We had a picture of Lassie on our basement wall, which I always thought was really Molly. Read more.
What Did I Do To Deserve This ?
Betty Lawrence, 6/1/08
A touching poem that is written from the chained dog's perspective, wondering what bad thing did he do to deserve being treated so badly. Read more.
Another Piece of Garbage? I Don't
Tammy Grimes, founder, Dogs Deserve Better, 2/1/08
idea that dogs are garbage and can be treated with disrespect,
chained, tortured, even killed, is being perpetuated by a law enforcement
and justice system that convicts of 'scattering rubbish' instead
of animal cruelty. Read more.
Ordinance in Effect
(Austin, TX) News 8 Austin Staff
A new Austin city ordinance is now in effect for pet owners. Beginning Oct. 1, people are no longer allowed to chain or tether their dogs.
The ordinance also states a dog's outdoor living space must be at least 150 square feet if the dog is unattended and six months or older.
Manís Best Friend or Living Lawn Ornament?
By Caroline Hosley-- DDB Representative, 8/2007
At least 157 U.S. children have been killed or severely injured by chained dogs in the past 4 years. Chaining dogs can have tragic consequences. This practice is not only inhumane, but also creates a very real threat to humans as well as dogs and other animals. Chained or penned outdoor dogs are at significant risk for developing aggression.
Myth about Chained Guard Dogs
Christine Ameduri-- DDB Representative, 3/25/07
Chaining and penning create aggression, not protection. A
protective dog is used to being around people and can tell when
his family is being threatened. Dogs learn to be protective when
they spend time with and are loved by their human family and are
"part of the pack."
Frees Doggies of Their Chained Lives
Whitney Ross -- The Chronicle Tribune, published
having seen several dogs in the Marion area chained, it began
to tug on her heart. Instead of constantly driving past the dogs,
Belanger began researching to see what she could do to help. Now,
two years later, Belanger is the Region 6 representative with
Dogs Deserve Better, a national nonprofit organization
Wants to Limit Dog-Chaining
Michael Zitz -- The Free Lance Star, published
Virginia legislator seeks restrictions on pet owners who chain
their dogs, saying change would cut canine aggression.
Often Brings Out the Worst in Dogs
Adam Goldfarb -- HSUS, published
Virginia legislator seeks restrictions on pet owners who chain
their dogs, saying change would cut canine aggression.
Humane Society of the United States Applauds Dog Bite Prevention
By Tracey McIntire, HSUS
Humane Society of the United States today applauded the introduction
by U.S. Rep. Thaddeus G. McCotter (R-11th/ Mich.) of a resolution
encouraging municipalities to adopt and enforce protections against
on a Chain
By Cynthia Hubert
Bee Staff Writer, published 06/26/06.
Guard Dog, the surly canine character in the popular comic
strip "Mutts," is a pitiable creature. Chained to a
stake all day, he's got a fierce demeanor, an angry scowl and
a deep need to be loved."How do you guard against loneliness?"
Christine Ameduri, Gettysburg Times, published 03/1/06.
Imagine being locked in a room with no TV to watch, no radio
to listen to and no computer to use. You have no newspaper or
books to read and you don't have a telephone. You get no exercise
because you are never permitted to leave your small room, so all
you can do is pace the perimeter. Once or twice a day, someone
comes to your door and leaves a tray of food and water for you...
Campaign Aims to Bring Dogs in Off Chains
By Sandra Eckstein, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, published
month, 308 dogs in Georgia received Valentine's Day cards. Of
course, few probably saw them. That's because all the dogs who
received the greetings are kept on chains in their yards....
As Prisoners ... Longing to be Pets
By Sandy Moyer, BellaOnline, published December
2005. Many dogs spend their whole lives in solitary confinement,
fastened by the neck to the end of a chain. "Chaining"
or "tethering" a dog .... fastening a dog to the end
of a chain or tether that's attached to a tree, a dog house, a
stake in the ground, or other stationary object ... is a cruel,
inhumane practice that's all too common...
Best Friend a Victim
Tom Hennessy writes about the barking dog who is ignored time
and again and about Los Angeles' ordinance to ban chaining dogs.
Dogs Might Be on a Short Leash
by Sabine C. Hirschauer, published March 2005, gives an update
on the status of chaining dogs in America.
Ought to Be a Law....
By Sarah Newman St
Louis Post-Dispatch Friday, April 01 2005
at the End of a Chain
Judith Fish, M.S.W., explains the psychology of a chained dog
and that a chained dog has an address, not a home.
Do Deserve Better: No Chains or Pens for Life
Tammy S. Grimes writes about the numerous reasons not to chain
or pen a dog outside for life and her experiences with formerly
Your Dog Have "Quality of Life"?
The Responsible Animal Owners of Tennessee Board wrote this
in response to neighbors' concerns about keeping dogs in less than
desisrable conditions. It defines "quality of life" and
would be good to give to indivuals who keep their dogs in those
De Un Perro Amarrado, Parte 1
Carla Cappalli of the SPCA of Puerto Rico explains, in Spanish,
the psychology of a chained dog.
Stop the Chaining of Dogs in our Community
Karen Hirsch has over 15 years experience working in rescue.
Her column appears monthly in a Georgia newspaper.
of Love? Think again
Written by Kris Johnson, an animal control officer in Lincoln,
Deserve TLC, Not Chains
William Eisenhart, Jr. which ran in the Altoona Mirror
December 1, 2002. Powerful!
Chain with the Forgotten Ball
Audrey Brothers, a volunteer and friend
who just happens to have a column in a local paper as well has written
her weekly column about Dogs Deserve Better. A beautiful poem by
Edith Lassen Johnson is also included.
Need Time Off the Chain to Learn Good Behavior
Dr. Marty Becker, author of The
Healing Power of Pets, has given us permission to post his recent
article written for the Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service.
My Trip To Loreto, Mexico
told by Monica Schreiber
Severly Sunburned Dog Found with Skin Falling Off, Chunks of Bloody Skin Hanging Boxer Mix's Head, Back
August 12, 2008 - Ryn Gargulinski, Tucson Citizen http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/daily/frontpage/93382.php
Construction superintendent Wade Gardner went to work Wednesday only to be greeted by a horror show.
He and another superintendent arrived at the midtown site, at the corner of North Dodge Boulevard and East Hardy Drive, to find a bleeding dog cowering in a dirt trench.
Man Charged with Beating Dog - Zanesville, OH
July 25, 2008 - As told by Whiznews.com -- A Zanesville man was arrested and charged in connection with the death of a dog on Pine street on Thursday afternoon.
Authorities charged 55-year old Dwight Thompson with three misdemeanors.
Dog Rescued After Cruelty Complaint - Youngstown, PA
As told by Vindy.com Newswatch --
A dog inside a muddy feces filled pen in the rear yard of 1510 Clay St. with a frozen chain around his neck so tight that it was cutting into his throat was rescued Thursday afternoon when police checked out a complaint of animal cruelty.
Dogs Rescued - Anchorage, AK
April 25, 2007 - As told by Mike Ross, KTUU TV-- Animal care rescued 21 dogs from a man in the Valley who was neglecting them. One of the dogs had an open wound around its middle, caused by a chain that had cut into its flesh.
Two Arrested on Dogfighting Charges;
April 20, 2007 - As told by Donna Hilton, Arkadelphia Daily Siftings Herald -- Deputies found several pit bull dogs tied and chained in the front yard
of the residence. At least two of the dogs had fresh wounds, Turner
As told by Kathy
first saw Mazy while on the job with the gas company. He had driven
past an auto body parts business and she was running inside a
small enclosure she was fenced in. There was no grass in the pen
-- only dirt and a metal feeding dish.
Control Workers Rescue Starving Dogs
As told by Kristen Swing, Kingsport
conditions there were deplorable. The water bowls were full of
slime, leaves and green algae. The only things in the food pans
were leaves," Dobbs said. "A couple of the dogs were
actually chained to their dog houses and could not leave the premises
of that house.
Dogs Dead in Cruelty Case
21 , 2006
As told by Curtis Johnson, The Herald-Dispatch
-- Two of the 13 dogs police say were being abused and malnourished
at a Cabell County home have died, and now the court process is
beginning for the 69-year-old woman charged with 13 counts of
of Dogs Seized from Kennel
7, 2006 - As told by
Mark Garay, KTRK, Liberty,
TX - Over 250 pit bulls are
being seized in Liberty County. Authorities say this is one of
the largest operations they have ever seen.
Life of Princeton
told by Princeton's neighbor, Jennifer ODonnell.
bulls bred for fights face destruction
told by Lori
Blood oozes from a wound on a rescued
pit bull at the Lake County, Ind., Animal Control shelter on Tuesday.
Pup Ready For Adoption
Eric Flack, WAVE
Three young children are being honored by the Louisville Kennel
Club, after they saved the life of a dog left for dead.
Told by a woman haunted by memories of her childhood
dog's "life" on a chain
As told by and to reporter Audrey Thomasson
Snowball was the poster dog for Chain Off 2004
to Make a Difference
As told by and to reporter Audrey Thomasson
Brandy was the childhood dog of Wayne Pacelle, the new President
and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States.
Chained Dogs Life
Viki Elkey, Daily Lobo columnist, relays the story of Timber,
who was chained and then rescued.
Cherine Bissinger shares an indepth view of the life of a chained
the love of Judith...and all others like her
Cherine Bissinger was inspired by data documented on an animal
that Sweeney's Fine
Diana Morton tells a sad tale of the neighbor's dog.
Dog Found Dead Frozen to the Ground
Authorities say they don't know "specifically" how the dog died but they are continuing to investigate and then will turn their findings over to the DA and additional charges may be filed.
St. Albens Humane Officer finds dog dead still tied to tree
Story by Nicky Walters, WOWK - Huntington,WV,USA
"I find it repulsive that a human being could do this," Rebecca Rickaby, neighbor, said. A St.Albans Humane Officer and St. Albans Police came to the house ...
Good Reasons NOT to Chain
a Dog for Life
Family dog injured in drive-by-shooting
LEHIGH ACRES - A late night drive-by shooting in Lehigh Acres left three children scared and a dog in the hospital. We visited the family and found out how a young boy's quick actions saved his family from a homemade bomb.
Grizzly bear charges N.W.T. hunters
Hunters in Wekweti, N.W.T., are tracking an injured grizzly bear after the animal killed a dog and charged some men around suppertime on Sunday."We got to shoot it.… We can't just leave it like that," said Roy Judas, who shot at the bear after it charged him and four other men in the community 200 kilometres north of Yellowknife. "He's a grizzly bear. He's big, he's wounded too, so it's scary."
Dog Rescued From Ala. Doghouse Fire
Jan. 15--If not for the quick action of her next-door neighbor, Emma Minor might have lost more than her South Street home to fire on Thursday.
DNRE: 43 such attacks since 1989
L'ANSE - Thirteen-year-old Colton Lahti of L'Anse lived a nightmare recently when his 8-pound bichon frise dog, Burban, was ripped from its chain and taken away by a much larger animal, that, by Colton's description, could only be a wolf. "I heard a yelp, and it was an unusual yelp from my dog," Lahti said. "I've never heard that yelp before, I ran to the door and opened it and looked where it usually is, and there was a wolf standing there, with my dog in his mouth."
Outside and Intact: Max's Story
November 10, 2007 - As told by DDB Rep, Janelle Kowal. Max's story. Why spaying and neutering is vital for all pets.
I rescued Max, a senior Beagle 2 weeks ago. He spent his entire life of 9 years outdoors on a tether because he was a "hunting dog". Today, after almost a decade of existing as an "outside dog", Max is urinating blood and I have learned he has been overdosed on drugs for years to keep him from howling.
Kills Brown Bear Threatening His Dog
15, 2007 - The Anchorge Daily News, AK. A Kenai Peninsula man shot
and killed a brown bear with a shotgun slug while the young bear
threatened a chained dog, according to an Alaska Department of Fish
and Game biologist.
Society Looks into Cruelty Cases
15, 2007 - The Ann Arbor News, MI.The Humane Society investigated
54 reports of dogs left outdoors in the near-zero or subzero weather
last week, said Julie Curtis, animal cruelty investigator for the
organization. In about half the cases, the dogs had no shelter or
only partial or flimsy shelter, Curtis said.
Victims of the Storm
14, 2007 - By Monica Kinley-Kuhn, President, HELP the Animals, Inc.
Even as I felt the sting of the wind-whipped sleet against my cheeks,
I couldnt get his face out of my mind. It was less than half-way
through the day, and the winter storm raged, another night of snow
and bitter cold was promised. I wondered how he would survive through
the night. I pondered how his family could leave him alone today,
of all days, in this wicked weather. I could only guess how he must
Dogs Deserve Better
January 26, 2007 - The REPUBLICAN & Herald.
the time of year when people notice the dogs chained to doghouses
in their neighbors' backyards. They had probably forgotten about
them since the hottest days of last summer, when their sad situation
also attracted brief attention
Said Dog Was Frozen To The Ground
January 26, 2007 - West Virginia Media.
Ohio -- The Belmont County dog warden responded to 127 Marcatan
Street Friday for a call that originally said a dog was frozen to
the ground. Jesse James, a male black lab, was not frozen to the
ground, but badly tangled in his chain and could not move.
Removed From Owners After Being Left Out In Cold
January 15, 2007 - TheDenverChannel.com, CO.
pitbulls were removed from a home in Boulder County last week after
neighbors called animal control, worried that the dogs had been
left outside in extremely cold temperatures for several days.
One of the dogs suffered from frostbite and the other had to be
euthanized because of the severity of its injuries, the Boulder
Humane Society said.
and Cold Don't Mix
December 8, 2006 - By Sarah Buynovsky, WNEP
Newswatch 16, PA. With
the colder temperatures here, people are being warned to keep their
pets indoors. Already, local humane officers have been out on calls
for animals left out in the cold.
is on Again Today
August 2, 2006 - Heidelberg, PA - A
pit bull in Heidelberg chained to a 55-gallon drum used as a dog
house died in the heat Tuesday as temperatures soared into the 90s
Euthanized After Days Chained in Yard
August 2, 2006 - Wilmington, DE- The
discovery of a sick dog chained for days to a man's back stoop in
Wilmington led to cruelty charges against the alleged offender and
the euthanasia of a brown-spotted white pit bull named Jewel on
Banned from Weathersfield after Attack on Jogger
22, 2006 - Weathersfield, VT- Tethered
Rottweiler breaks free from its chain to attack a passing jogger.
Animal Cruelty Incident Under Investigation
20, 2006 - Okmulgee, OK - Okmulgee
authorities are calling it the worst case of animal cruelty they've
ever seen. What makes this crime unusual is the person poured "acid"
on a dog while it was chained inside a fenced yard.
of Dog Prompts Complaints
2006 - Kansas City, KS - Two neighbors - one who owned a dog named
Bubbles and one who shot her - are headed for court.
Charged in Beating - Couple arrested in drug house
2006 -Summerfield, FL - Two people accused of severely beating an
elderly man, while a chained "guard" dog sat outside,
unable to protect his owner.
Dropped in Dog Mauling Case
8, 2006 -Cook County - Charges have been dropped against a South
Georgia woman who's child was attacked and killed by a dog.
Cruelty Case Raises Questions
7, 2006 - Bob Sims Road in Northern Colquitt County is quiet. There
isn't a lot of traffic here, but one person driving along this road
saw something disturbing. "There were nine puppies and a mama
and the mama had died. She'd been chained to a tree," says
Moultrie Humane Society Director Don Flowers..
Accused of Dumping Puppies from his Truck
February 8, 2006 - Jacksonville, FL - A Jacksonville
pastor faces a felony charge after being accused of dumping starving
puppies into the woods from the back of his truck
Defenders - Volunteers, agencies handle animal cruelty cases
2006 - Deby Bowen didn't know what to do.
She was worried about her neighbors' dogs. The neighbors left them
outside all the time every day...
Charged in Dog Mauling
2006 - A South Georgia woman whose child was mauled by a pit bull
is now charged with murder.
Steps up Enforcement of Animal Laws
- Crystal Sewell rushed out of her Chase Court home into the cold
yesterday morning to confront a Louisville Metro Police officer
and animal control officer who had come to check on her pets.
"You ain't gonna take my dog. You ain't gonna take my dog,"
racing to the Chow-mix puppy, chained to the fence without water
Dog Animal Cruelty
Abusers Arrested: Dogs Died Of Freezing Cold
horrifying case of animal cruelty in Toledo, Ohio. A central Toledo
man is facing charges tonight after his dog literally froze to death.
just like you being outside without a coat on. It's hard on the
animals. They require food, water, and shelter; especially shelter
Steps up Enforcement of Animal Laws
citations were among several issued during a special sweep yesterday
Portland and western Louisville that aimed to crack down on people
violate the city's animal laws -- regulations under scrutiny in
after two deadly dog attacks.
Teenagers Charged in Dog Slaying
Three teens who allegedly wanted to kill something not
human are being held at a state youth center and under house
arrest after they allegedly cut, stabbed and beat to death a dog
that they stole from the yard of a local resident.
tragedies: Humane groups say chaining dogs is cruel to the animals
and dangerous to children
For those who work to educate people on the cruelty and danger
of keeping dogs on chains, the tragic news in April of two children
killed by chained dogs within days of each other came as a sad shock
but no real surprise.
state workers rescue Montana governor's dog
It's a lucky thing for the Montana governor's dog that two state
workers happened by on a mid-day walk.
Charged With Shooting Three Dogs To Death
An Aurora man has been charged with killing three of his neighbors'
couple is accused of being involved in fighting ring
Eight dogs were seized by authorities investigating a Benbrook
couple accused of involvement in a dog-fighting ring.
Attacked in Yard
She said the 5-year-old German shepherd mix has never had any
problems with neighbors and is always chained in her back yard.
Accidental Hanging Won't Result in Charges
The Johnson County Humane Society said the incident serves as
a good reminder about the way homeowners should care for their animals.
Against Teen Upgraded After Dog He Allegedly Raped Dies
Now the dog has died and charges against the teen have been
injured: Pet Owner uses Knife, Kneels on Dog's Throat
A man stabbed his dog several times, and then killed it by digging
his knee into its windpipe, after the dog had bitten an 8-year-old
in the face.
Bull Attacks Family Pet
Thompson is going to keep her black Labrador mix dog Ozzy indoors
from now on.
reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and
conviction of the person or persons who killed five wolf-hybrid
dogs in Rancho Tehama.
Dogs die from neglect on end of the chain. Some recent cases.
Brutality, Not Breeds
Cherine Bissinger stands against the breed ban legislation,
suggesting better laws for cruelty such as chaining instead.
Pit Bulls won't Solve Problem
Gina Spinadora's take on the Pit Bull situation.
Alliance Prayer for Chained Dogs
Michelle Rivera, founder of The Prayer Alliance, offers this
prayer for outdoor dogs as they try to survive the winter cold.
are Freezing to Death!
Winter 2003 was a really bad winter, everywhere in the U.S.
There is just no way to estimate how many chained and penned dogs
are dying in this weather.
What can we do?
Far People will go to Stop Laws
of Orange County's Chained-Dog Study Panel
has Ties to Dog-Fighting
April 11, 2007 - As told by Ashley Roberts, The Independent
April 18, 2007 - As told by Ashley Roberts, The Independent
Weekly, NC. A member of Orange County's Animal Services Advisory
Board is calling for the removal of a member of the subcommittee
studying whether the county should limit or ban the practice of
Dog Panel Member Quits
April 25, 2007 - As told by Ashley Roberts, The Independent
Weekly, NC. A member of Orange County's committee on dog tethering
has resigned in the wake of an Indy investigation questioning her
residency and her ties to dog fighting.
to Address Common Complaints
from those who Chain
it Your Business
Valerie Entwistle addresses the "It's None of
My Business" Syndrome.
Dogs Running Free
Joan Sinden explains that advocacy for unchaining and unpenning
is not advocacy for allowing dogs to run free.
Ultimate Goal in Using a Crate
Joan Sinden helps educate how and when to use a crate to housetrain
your dog. This is particularly useful for those bringing adult dogs
into the home that have lived chained outside.
Chained or Confined Dogs
One of the most important articles you will find here was written
Debby Dobson exclusively for our organization. Our thanks go
out to her. This article addresses the potential for behavioral
problems due to lack of socialization in chained or penned dogs.
Debby speaks to this challenge, and provides insight into some of
a Crate Can Save Your Sanity and Save Your Dog's Life
Tammy S. Grimes tells the tale of her
first crate-training experience, what she learned, and how you can
put that to use to bring your dog into the home.
to Train and Fence Your Dog
Fence Me In? Alternatives to Traditional Fences
Dori Gilbert explains options to traditional fences and considerations
to make when choosing which is right for your dog.
Humane Answer for Dogs that Climb Over Fences
Written by Clova Abrahamson, this article explains a system
she has devised to heighten a fence without starting over and incurring
a ton of expense.
Your Stress and Your Pets
Stan Popovich writes about stress management techniques that
will save the relationship with your pets.
for Canines to Remedy the Plight of Outdoor Dogs
Michelle Rivera gives suggestions to the active activists about
what to do when they see a dog who is forced to live outside.
You Too Can Foster!
Deb Carr, CPA, tells her foster story in hopes of convincing
you too to open your home and heart to a formerly chained or penned
A poem by Heather Leughmeyer
A poem by Marilyn Marinelli
A Dog's View-Life On A Chain
A poem by Candace Bright
Look Out Your Window
A poem by Stefani Sinclair
Were Her Prison
poem by Kathy
poem by Becky
poem by Jody
Chained Dog's Prayer
poem by Andree
the Unseen Dogs
poem by Emilie
Chained Dog's Life
poem by Susan
poem by Angie Shade.
poem by Robyn Kirby.
Barbara E. Rosen.
A poem by Honey
A poem by Marie
Chains that bind
.should be a crime!
A poem by Caroline Marie OBryant.
Again and Stray Prayer
A poem by Sandy Finamore.
Did You Buy Me?
A poem by Doris Gallagher.
Dog Next Door.
poem by Katie Horan.
Great Chained Dog Site
wonderful site advocating on behalf of chained dogs.
Emily provides recent article links, so we link to her for many
Nashville, TN Chained Dog Organization
Nashville Animal Welfare site.
Newly formed by Natalie Newman and Cindy Tomlinson to work on the
chained dog issue in Nashville, Tennesee. Beautiful site!
on Chained Dogs Elsewhere on the Net
about Chaining or Tethering Dogs"
Cruel, Unnecessary, and Too Often Overlooked"
Chained Dog Syndrome"
World Out of Reach"
Health is as Important as Physical Health"
on How to Crate Train a Dog for Housebreaking
We Help You Keep Your Pet?" Crate Training
Awareness: Six Dogs Seized from Randolph County Home
Awareness: Remembering Your Outdoor Animals in Harsh Weather
Awareness: Local Action Network