Get a law passed in the State of TX that prohibits chaining (tethering) of dogs.
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A law should be passed to prohibit chaining (tethering) of dogs 24/7/365/all of their lives, because it is cruel, inhumane, and it is abuse. Limiting chaining does not work, because it is not monitored. If a person is not standing with the dog, the dog should not be chained...period. Chained dogs are kept out of sight & out of mind in the back yard, & are most of the time deprived of adequate food, water, & vet care in addition to having their emotional & social needs completely ignored. Chaining a dog for any length of time is one of the cruelest punishments imaginable for social animals that need & deserve companionship, exercise, & mental stimulation.
Since 1979 chaining has been recognized as a contributing factor in dog attacks Federal & National Agencies have found. Nearly 3 times more likely to attack than dogs not chained.
Chained dogs are totally vulnerable to other animals & cruel people. Many have been stolen, set on fire, shot, stabbed, tortured, or poisoned by cruel passersby or neighbors who were annoyed by their barking. Chaining dogs is not only a animal welfare issue, but a public safety hazard as well.
Chained dogs make housing values decrease & make the neighborhood a less desirable area to live in. Chained dogs bark more often than a non-chained dog. Chained dogs are not neutered, therefore adding to more dog abuse. Chained dogs cause other yards to be infested with fleas & ticks, because they are not sprayed as they should be nor do they get the baths they need.
16 Cities in Texas already has a ban on chaining dogs, and this law should be passed in the entire State of Texas immediately. City councilmen state they do not have the funds to hire more animal control or police if this law were to pass, and assume more dogs will be surrendered to Animal Services. Statistics from the Texas Humane Society Legislature show that after 3 months of this law being passed, dog surrenders decrease. Fines paid to the city from dog owners that still refuse to obey this law gives the city more funds to deal with the abused dog issue. There is the other argument that some people do not have fences or the money to build a fence. I say, put the dog in the house or do not get a dog. There are many ways to help people get a fence for their dogs, and every city can figure out the best way to accomplish this goal in helping the poor. Then, there are dog owners that already have fences, but still chain their dogs up 24/7. Some dogs are hard to keep inside of a fence & there are dog pulley's for those types of dogs. Dogs should not have to live on chains 24/7, because their owners do not want the responsibility of having a dog. Chained up & neglected is not the way we should treat our dogs. We are family to dogs and they should be treated as such. If someone wants a dog to chain up all it's life, they should not get a dog and they should be fined or jailed if they do.
Can you imagine being chained up all day long...all night...day after day....week after week...month after month...year after year...until you die? A dog has no life being chained up all the time, so it would be better off dead than to go through the torture of living its entire life on a chain which is another word for solitary confinement. A chained dog cannot run, jump, play, exercise, chase squirrels, chase a ball, run across the yard after a rabbit, or anything a dog was created for. Instead, they live silently on their chain barking, begging, pleading, & crying for their owners to acknowledge they are alive and need their love and help.
Please sign this petition....pass it on....share it to everyone you know and lets get this law passed in Texas to show our pets we care. We are despicable people for allowing this abuse to go on as long as it has, and it is time for us to do something about it and end this abuse. It is a shame that it takes a petition in order to get our city council, senators, & representatives of Texas to acknowledge chaining as abuse, to have the compassion to do something about it, and the courage to make it a law.
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