Deserve Better gets many heartbreaking
e-mails and phone calls about chained and penned dogs,
and a neighbor/or concerned citizen would like to know what
can be done.
in most areas there are still no laws against chaining.
Most Animal Control Officers and Humane Officers will agree
chained and penned dog calls are the #1 cruelty complaint
call they get. So why no laws? The
Animals website has a listing of every community
that has laws at this time. Even though we know it's neglect,
abuse, and inhumane treatment, the laws in most areas have
yet to catch up with our thinking.
all need to pitch in to help get laws passed! How do we do that?
Dogs Deserve Better has set up a page with instructions
and materials to include. Please send this letter
to your local and state representatives and senators. There
is also a letter to the editor in .doc format.
for Legislation in .pdf format
for Legislation in .doc format
to the Editor in .doc format
to the Editor in .pdf format
a couple of sites where you can find out the name and address
of your state and local reps. Also, Congress.org allows you
to send e-mails to them too.
copy letters are taken more seriously by lawmakers, so send e-mails,
but send snail mail too!
we absolutely need to work on getting laws passed. But until that
happens, we have to do our best to help each chained dog we see.
How can we help them? Take a stand whenever possible. The first
step is to send a .pdf letter and pdf. flyer anonymously.
Thanks to the wonderful volunteer efforts of Jill Natowitz
we have the flyer and letter in Spanish too! If you don't
want to send the letter from your area, please e-mail Tammy and
we will get a letter out in the mail to them.
Flyer in English
Flyer in Spanish
Letter in English
letter in Spanish
Letter for Penned Dogs
in .pdf format
really hope and pray the letter works and is enough to get the caretakers
to step up and take the responsibility for their companion. If not
and you want to try to get that dog out of there, see our growing
list of area
reps to find out if there is anyone in your area
who can help you. Go to the how
to rescue page and work on getting the dog off chains
or out of the pen and into the family. Or join our yahoo
discussion group and we will all put our heads together
to help you figure out some more steps you can take to end dog chaining
in your area.