• Petitioned Virginia’s House of Delegates -54th District

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Virginia’s House of Delegates -54th District
Virginia State House
State Rep. Robert Orrock

Virginia’s House of Delegates -54th District: Modify laws regarding pets being kept outside for their safety.

    1. Gina Nelson
    2. Petition by

      Gina Nelson

      Ruther Glen, VA

Currently, there is no law against the cruel act of tying your pet up outside for any given amount of time. I witnessed today an elderly dog that is tied outside 24/7. Although shelter was provided, by the current law (a dog house), it is no quality of life for a dog to be tied outside for extended periods of time. These animals, who give us their unconditional love, and can not provide for themselves, rely on US, as their owners, to care for them, as we would any member of our family. Would you tie your child on a 6 foot leash for days on end, with nothing but a 'dog house' , blanket, and bowl of water?? Well this what is happening to these pets. No love, no warmth, no exercise, no play, just a fixture in the backyards of pet owners who don't care. I also believe canines should have more room to roam when tied out, as many times, they wrap themselves around a tree, Doubling the length of the tie out from 3 times to 6 times, would lessen the chances of canines getting hurt or choking themselves (currently it is 3 times the length of the dog's nose to end) Although it is not a "crime" to be within these guidelines, it is without a doubt "cruel". I urge a law to be put in effect which requires an animal to be tied or kept outside of the home no longer than 10 hours at a time. In the case of severe weather conditions, such as storms, temperatures below 45 degrees or above 80 degrees, no animal shall be kept outside for more than 4 hours at one given time. Please help these animals who can not help themselves. They don't have a voice- but WE do!!!!

Virginia’s House of Delegates -54th District
Virginia State House
State Rep. Robert Orrock, Virginia-054
Modify laws regarding pets being kept outside for their safety.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Carla Melo CAçEM, PORTUGAL
      • 9 months ago


    • Ineke de Wild BEVERLY HILLS, CA
      • 9 months ago
    • Minerva Grinage AURORA, CO
      • 9 months ago

      Please have some COMPASSION! :(

    • Gunilla Henriksson GöTEBORG, SWEDEN
      • 9 months ago

      You must take care of the animals

    • Kim Hutchison LOUISVILLE, KY
      • 9 months ago

      It is a Myth that animals with fur can endure harsh, freezing temperatures! If it's too cold for you, it's too cold for your pet.

      Virginia~we are living in the 21st century!! It's time to get rid of your antiquated laws that offer no protection for these dogs and cats forced to live outside in freezing weather by their irresponsible and uncaring owners.

      It is a our duty State Rep. Robert Orrock , as a civilized human race to stop treating animals as property. It is our duty to supply our pets with food, water, medical attention when needed and to allow pets inside where they can be warm in cold temperatures.

      Those that own pets that still think in terms that animals (pets) belong outdoors do not need to be a pet owner!!!

      Give your pet to someone who cares and will bring them inside a warm home.

      If we see a neighbors dog forced to endure these bitter temps, I am not even allowed to intervene and rescue that persons dog, cat and bring them into my warm home~This is so wrong!!!

      As a pet owner myself of 3 dogs,2 cats, 2 house rescue rabbits ( you know~the ones parents rush out to buy for their kids for Easter because they're so darn cute only to discard them at the pound when they begin to grow up) I can't even comprehend forcing my pets to live out doors especially in bitter cold. My rabbits even live inside, use a litter box and know when it's time to go to their bedtime crate!!!

      It's time to change your laws in favor of better protection for these animals who cannot speak for themselves.

      Animals are not property like a car is or a lawn mower to do what you want with!!! They are living beings with feelings!!They feel pain, joy, happiness, sadness, grief just like you and I......Change your laws Virginia!


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