Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week Feb 7th to 14th
Please Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week. If you are reading this you are probably worried about a dog that is chained-up or neglected. Maybe you are worried about a dog in your neighborhood. [visit http://www.stray-afp.org/20-ways-to-help-a-chained-dog website for tips and help]
Inform your local animal control office, humane society, or sheriff’s department if you see a dog that is:
- Consistently without food, water or shelter
- Sick or infested with parasites
- Too skinny.
A city/county official or humane society investigator is required to investigate the situation if the dog guardian is breaking your community’s animal cruelty law. In most communities, it is considered cruel to leave a dog without food, water or shelter; to not provide medical care to a sick dog; and to keep a dog undernourished. Even if your city’s ordinance doesn’t have an animal cruelty section, your state law will have a section that addresses animal cruelty. Your state laws are online: do a keyword search for “Your State Code” or “Your State Statutes.” Once you report the situation–don’t be afraid to follow up! Keep calling the authorities until the situation is resolved. If animal control doesn’t respond, write a letter describing the situation to your mayor. The dog is counting on you to be his voice.
Offer to buy the chained dog from the owner. say something like, “I saw your dog and have always wanted a red chow. Would you sell him to me for $50?” You can then place the dog into a good home. Although some chained dogs are aggressive and difficult to approach, many are very friendly and adoptable. Don’t offer to buy the dog if you think that the owner will just go right back out and get another dog.
Suggest Your Local Community Help to Put Up a Fence. Fences give dogs freedom and make it easier for owners to approach their dogs, since they won’t be jumping at the end of a chain. Fences don’t have to cost much if you do some work yourself. You can attach mesh fencing to wooden or metal posts for the cheapest fence. Chain link is easy to install, too. Visit our Building Fences page for more information. Workers stores like Home Depot, Tractor Supply, and hardware stores will show you what to buy and give advice. Ask fencing companies if they have leftover materials to donate.
Check Daily if the Dog Gets Food and Clean Water. Every day we eat, the dog needs to eat. Put a water bowl in a tire or hole in the ground to keep it from tipping. You can attach a water bucket to a wooden doghouse or fence. Stretch wire, a small chain, bungee cord, or twine across the bucket and secure on either side.
Change the law in your community to ban chaining! Educate people about chaining! Keep some educational brochures and flyers in your car. If you see a chained dog, you can put a brochure in that person’s mailbox.