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Be on the lookout for Chained, Penned, Abandoned, and Neglected Dogs. Know of a Chained, Penned, or Otherwise Mistreated Dog?

Not only are dogs living chained in backyards of people nationwide who thinks it's acceptable (it's not), but home foreclosures are a growing problem across the country. Often when residents are forced out of their homes they are simply leaving the family pet behind. Many of these pets are not found until it is too late.

Here are some tips for safely identifying and reporting dogs that appear to be abandoned or neglected:

If you find an abused, neglected or abandoned dog, contact local law enforcement to refer you to the organization with jurisdiction for animal care and control in your area. Don't trust that they will take care of the situation. Many times it's just not true, and the animal dies as a result. Stay on top of the situation.

Provide the exact street address and specific location of the dog, along with a description to the animal control. Also, if the dog is chained or penned, and you believe he/she has been abandoned, please impress on the animal control the seriousness of the situation. Be aware that in cases of extreme danger or threat of death to the animal, you must make sure law enforcement takes you seriously, or it will be too late.

Fill out the form, below, for us to mail information to caretakers or provide assistance in serious abuse cases. Please note, if the dog is in immediate danger, fill out the form, yes, BUT you must also call your local police or animal control. If given the proper mailing address, we guarantee that a letter and educational brochure will be mailed out within 1-3 days; we often don't have reps or volunteers close enough to do more. Remember, the dog relies on YOU for help, as you are his/her local voice. Sometimes you have to be very strong and continue to be the best advocate for the chained dogs near you. Thank you for helping them.

Please, take the time to find out the address of that chained or penned dog near you.....Send address via mail, call 877.636.1408 to report addresses, e-mail them to info@dogsdeservebetter.org. or fill out the form, below (preferred). You remain anonymous!

(Important Note: the form does not give you a thank you, but is designed to automatically reset to this page for those with multiple addresses...don't worry, the addresses are coming through fine, please don't resubmit.)

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