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Animal Cruelty

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Update posted 10 hours ago

Petition to Dr. John C. Hitt, Dr. A. Dale Whittaker, Dr. Anthony L. Jenkins

UCF: Expel Luke Stribling for Egregious Torture And Death of His 17 Week Old Puppy

University of Central Florida student Luke Stribling was arrested by the Orange County Sheriff's Dept. on September 30, 2016, for "tormenting, mutilating and ultimately killing his 17-week-old Shiba Inu puppy, Julian". Deputies arrested Stribling on (2) charges of animal cruelty under Florida Animal Cruelty law: 828.12. Cruelty to animals and booked into Orange County Jail on both felony counts of cruelty to animals. The arrest came after results of a necropsy on his puppy became available. Media Video of Luke Stribling Upon Release From Orange County Jail Luke Stribling originally brought Julian to the East Orlando Animal Hospital on June 12, 2016, where he told the veterinary doctors that Julian had fallen down a flight of stairs and had trouble walking for two days. Julian's left forelimb (leg) was x-rayed and then a cast was applied. Orlando Sentinel Media Report On June 26, Luke Stribling brought the deceased Julian to a different animal facility, Waterford Lakes Animal Clinic, still wearing the cast on his tiny leg. X-rays found Julian had a fractured rib, sternum and abdomen and had been beaten to death. Waterford Lakes Animal Clinic contacted Animal Control. Upon questioning by investigators, Stribling admitted that he “hit and punched the dog multiple times because he was frustrated” with Julian for urinating in his student house. A necropsy indicated the puppy suffered severe internal injuries, traumatic lesions including a hemorrhaging eye, liver and brain and head injuries. Friends of Stribling told investigators he had punched the dog for urinating inside his University of Central Florida-area apartment. Luke Stribling knowingly and willfully abused and murdered a small puppy for urinating in his apartment. He struck and kicked tiny Julian so hard that the puppy sustained fractures prior to the later abuse that caused his death. Luke Stribling tortured his puppy and then allowed him to shake with pain for days before seeking medical care. Then, even with a cast on his broken leg, Luke Stribling continued to punch and kick little Julian until he succeeded in killing him. He admitted this to Animal Control as well as the Orange County Sheriff's Dept. Upon his release from jail he told the media that he "felt remorseful" and had no further comment. We as a civilized society recognize that animals are living, sentient beings that do not deserve to be tortured and killed. There can be no tolerance for animal abuse let alone murder. Julian died because from multiple injuries inflicted on him by his owner, a college student who was angry at a puppy that he had failed to properly housebreak. Because of Luke Stribling's neglect and irresponsibility as a dog owner, an innocent puppy was subjected to his temper and rage which resulted in little Julian’s abhorrent abuse and egregious death. We ask of University of Central Florida President Dr. John C. Hitt,  that Luke Stribling be immediately expelled from University of Central Florida and barred from seeking readmission at a later date. We know that Julian the 17 week old puppy’s death was not an isolated incident nor an unfortunate accident because Luke Stribling has admitted to authorities as well as medical professionals that he struck Julian. The puppy was initially treated on June 12, 2016, for a several day old fracture of his left forelimb (leg) which was casted. On June 26, 2016 Luke Stribling brought the deceased Julian to a second veterinary clinic which clearly proves that the abusive torture  continued until Luke Stribling caused the wanton and painful death of his own small puppy. By dismissing Luke Stribling from the UCF, you will be demonstrating that violence of any type will not be tolerated. You will also be sending a message to current students as well as future ones that UCF has a zero tolerance for abuse of any type.

D. Quick
6,970 supporters
Update posted 11 hours ago

Petition to President of the United States, Ivanka Trump, Secretary of Agriculture, Mark Mulvaney, American Horse Council

Mr President, Please Publish Federal Rule Save”The Horses” From “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty

“We, The People” respectfully petition you to please instruct Secretary of Agriculture,  Mr. “Sonny” Perdue, and OMB Director,  Mr. Mark Mulvaney,  to expeditiously review and publish the Federal Rule in the Federal Register to remove the “Pads and Chains” from Tennessee Walking Horses.  This will eliminate 50 years of corruption and Animal Cruelty to Tennessee Walking Horses! CCABLAC (Citizens Campaign Against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty) grassroots advocates are largely Southerners who voted for you, but more importantly,  they “Speak FOR ‘The Horses Who Cannot Speak For Themselves”.   These are animal welfare advocates, not animal rights” people.   Many of them eat bacon, steak and hunt wild game.  We are not against Horse Shows featuring flat shod natural Tennessee Walking Horses. According to famous Tennessean newspaper Sportswriter Mr. David Climer,  “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty to Tennessee Walking Horses is akin to “Dog Fighting” and “Cock Fighting”.  For years, many of those involved in the Tennessee walking horse industry have yearned for its competitions to be taken seriously as a legitimate sport.  Blood sport, yes. Legitimate sport,  no.   Sorry, but I’m calling horse excrement. Soring is still in common practice, and everybody knows it.” Native Tennessean MTSU (Middle Tennessee State University) Horse Science Professor Equine Vet Dr. John Haffner says:  "the “Big Lick” is a business built on the suffering and pain of horses. The fact is the big lick can only be accomplished by soring.   When one soring technique becomes detectable, another one is developed. The big lick is a learned response to pain and if horses have not been sored, they do not learn it.” CCABLAC animal welfare advocates have peacefully publicly demonstrated against this Animal Cruelty from the Gulf of Mexico at Panama City Beach, FL;   to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, NC;  to Nashville, Columbia & Shelbyville, Tennessee;  to Times Square in your New York City;  to the Nation’s Capitol in Washington, D.C. Videos taken by CCABLAC animal welfare advocates at “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse Shows have reached over 7+ million persons.  The Tennessee public has responded to calls to “BOYCOTT” the “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty. The Federal Rule has unprecedented Bi-Partisan support.  The lead Sponsor is Tea Party Republican Rep. Ted Yoho, DVM (R-FL) who is a large animal vet.   The other lead sponsor is Blue Dog Democrat Rep. Kurt Schrader, DVM (D-OR), also a large animal vet.    The Federal Rule was proposed on July 26, 2016.   Over 135,000 public comments were made, and 95% favored publication of the Rule in the Federal Register.   Over 182 U. S. Representatives wrote a letter  to the Secretary of Agriculture  on October 25, 2016, “strongly” urging  U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to “expeditiously finalize” the Rule (to abolish ‘Big Lick’ Animal Cruelty). The American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Horse Council have strongly endorsed the proposed Federal Rule.  They know the score. Mr. President,  key persons in the Republican establishment have been bought and paid for where this issue is concerned.   Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) blocked a vote on this in 2014.    Unfortunately,  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has taken over $750,000.00 from the “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty interests since 1988.  He will not let this measure be voted upon by the U. S. Senate. Mr. President, please do the right thing to help “The Horses” who cannot speak for themselves”  To do so,  you will have to go against some key members of the Republican Establishment, but by doing so, you will win over many people who have doubted you. It is what you promised when you ran for President, and said yesterday in your Inaugural Address:   “The establishment protected itself but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs. And while they celebrated in our nation’s capital,  there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land. That all changes starting right here and right now. Because this moment is your moment. It belongs to you.” Mr. President,  “the establishment” will not protect “The Horses” who cannot speak for themselves.  This is a marvelous opportunity for you to "Make America Great Again" by taking the side of these magnificent horses who cannot speak for themselves. Mr. President,  please fulfill YOUR promise to “WE, The People”,  and "Make America Great Again", by helping “The Horses” Who Cannot Speak For Themselves". ----------------------------------------------------------------------  After you SIGN,  please SHARE this petition with your friends and family via email, Facebook, and Twitter! A CCABLAC delegation will deliver Your PETITION Signatures and Comments to the White House,  Secretary of Agriculture and Director, OMB (Office of Management and Budget). WE, The People, CCABLAC (Citizens Campaign Against "Big Lick" Animal Cruelty)  - “We Speak FOR  “The Horses” Who Cannot Speak For Themselves”.

Citizens Campaign Against "Big Lick" Animal Cruelty
100,882 supporters
Update posted 14 hours ago

Petition to Danny Leeper, Steve Kelley, Pat Edwards, George Spicer, Justin Taylor

End Dog Chaining in Nassau County, Florida

“Be humane, don’t chain.  Use some sense and build a fence.” In Nassau County, Florida it is legal to chain a puppy to a tree and leave him there until he dies. The only requirements are food, water and shelter.  No toys, no playtime, no love. There is County Commissioner meeting open to the public scheduled at 6:00 PM on Monday, May 8, 2017 in the general assembly hall (Commissioners Chambers) at 96135 Nassau Place, Yulee, Florida that will pertain to ordinance. The language to protect animals in the Nassau County Animal/Fowl ordinance has not been updated since October 1, 2003.  Technology and a better understanding of animal behavior have made it necessary to update Nassau County's animal ordinance to protect our PETS, PEOPLE and TAXPAYERS. PROTECT PETS: Chained (tethered) dogs are often neglected, isolated and lonely. They are subject to extreme weather conditions. They are preyed on by mosquitoes, fleas and ticks.  They are often infested with hookworms, roundworms and heartworm. Improper tethering can cause the tether to become tangled resulting in injury or death. Tethered dogs are more likely to be attacked by stray dogs and animals carrying the rabies virus. Dogs in fenced yards or suitable outdoor enclosures are better protected from attack.   PROTECT PEOPLE: Animal researchers tell us that tethering dogs makes them aggressive because they are in a constant defensive attack mode. According to a study by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, tethered dogs are five times more likely to attack children. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) stated, "Never tether or chain your dog because this can contribute to aggressive behavior." Dogs in fenced yards or suitable outdoor enclosures are less likely to attack children and animals.  PROTECT TAXPAYERS: Tethered dogs often break free of their tether.  In January/February of 2017, Nassau County Animal Services collected ninety-five (95) dogs running at large.  Of those, twenty-eight were claimed by their owners leaving sixty-seven (67) in the shelter.  These do not include dogs collected by Nassau Humane Society.  Nassau County Taxpayer’s pay for the dog’s veterinary treatment including neutering, vaccinations, micro-chipping, worming, heartworm treatment, not to mention re-homing costs.  The cost of irresponsible pet ownership costs hundreds of dollars per dog. Dogs in fenced yards or suitable outdoor enclosures are less likely to run at large. County officials have submitted a proposal to add language to the current ordinance to limit, but not prohibit unattended tethering. The new language allows tethering “not to exceed twelve (12) hours” and will not apply to dogs kept on lands zoned open rural, or used as bona fide farm operations. Similar language has been introduced in other Florida counties and failed to end 24/7/365 tethering.  Tethering time limits are almost impossible to enforce and they don't protect PETS, PEOPLE and TAXPAYERS. Why should rural dogs be tethered 24/7/365? We need to let our commissioners know that this is NOT acceptable language and we want them to prohibit ALL unattended tethering. CLICK THIS LINK TO REGISTER TO RECEIVE UP-TO-THE-MINUTE EMAIL UPDATES ON THIS IMPORTANT ORDINANCE: unchainmyheart If you want to get dogs off chains in Nassau County: 1.Sign this petition and sign up for updates at unchainmyheart 2.Attend the meeting on May 8th and let Commissioners know that as a resident of Nassau County you want to remove loopholes from the animal ordinance and prohibit ALL unattended tethering in Nassau County, Florida. Wear a RED shirt/blouse/dress to show your support. 3.Email this petition to your friends and share it with your social media contacts. 4.Contact Nassau County Commissioners with the message below. Dear Commissioner: I live in Nassau County and I want you to pass an ordinance that prohibits ALL unattended dog tethering in Nassau County. “Be humane, don’t chain.  Use some sense and build a fence.” Thank you. your name your address, city, state, zip code  District 1:  Danny Leeper dleeper@nassaucountyfl.com  904.430.3868 District 2:  Steve Kelley skelley@nassaucountyfl.com 904.556.0241 District 3: Pat Edwards pedwards@nassaucountyfl.com 904.335.0260 District 4: George Spicer gspicer@nassaucountyfl.com 904.568.3409 District 5: Justin Taylor jtaylor@nassaucountyfl.com 904.625.5624      

Dr. David Fashingbauer
1,445 supporters
Update posted 19 hours ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, President of the United States

To BAN the CHAINING or TETHERING of DOGS throughout the UNITED STATES.

Help end one of the worst forms of animal cruelty in our nation!  Countless people leave dogs chained 24/7, some without food & water, some get tangled & die, many perish in the ice & snow, and blistering heat of summer.  Until the laws are changed, we are forced to look away, as it is legal in most areas!  The worst form of LEGAL DOG ABUSE currently known!  A lot of this could be solved with spaying / neutering /education / organizations to build fences.  We need your help, your voice, your caring heart & helping hands!  Together we can make a difference! Some people say not being able to chain their dog is an inconvenience.  Having a dog is an elective CHOICE. LET'S PUT AN END TO DOG CHAINING IN THE UNITED STATES, A COUNTRY FOUNDED FOR "FREEDOM!" Please spare a moment to sign, to end a LIFETIME of suffering for chained dogs!  We must face this reality & identify this as unacceptable for our culture, in order to improve the standard of living for dogs AND people for generations to come.  We must stand up & be a voice for the voiceless! Like my Facebook Page, "Dogs Without Chains," to read the latest news stories involving chaining issues, some with happy endings, & some tragic endings, involving our canine friends, those that need help, those that rescue, and those that abuse.  Stay educated on the latest developments & breaking news about this subject.  Some content may be disturbing, but reality is disturbing, and we need to start exposing the horrors of tethering, in order to get this on the radar of lawmakers at all levels of society, & really throughout the world. YOUR NEWS SOURCE FOR ALL TETHERING ISSUES: "DOGS WITHOUT CHAINS" - Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DogsWithoutChains?ref=bookmarks   Every signature will count!  Each of you will be a voice for the voiceless!  Your support will speak volumes to Law Makers!   "Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have." ~Margaret Mead What can you do RIGHT NOW other than signing/sharing this petition? 1.  Form a Committee in your area with the sole purpose of seeking a ban on chains in your County or City. 2.  Don't publicize your efforts, in order to avoid opposition from forming & fighting you, keep it on the "down low." 3.  Meet with your City Council/County Commissioners individually in private.  They have to meet with you, it is their Civic Duty.  Find out where they stand.  Do not be afraid.  Use the points below to sway them to your side.  Avoid being confrontational, or accusatory.   4.  Once you have them on your side, attend a meeting, GET IT PASSED!  *Guilford County Commissioners were asked to pass around a big heavy chain in their meeting, and hold it in their hands.  A powerful message.   *Having victims of dog bite attacks present at the meeting, is also a good idea.  The victims could speak briefly on what it was like to be attacked, but keep it short & sweet.   Studies show that dogs are made aggressive & territorial by chaining them, making them far more likely to attack if they break loose.  According to the American Humane Association chained dogs are 2.8 times more likely to bite and approximately 25% of fatal dog attacks were from chained dogs. *Your Community Leaders have sworn to protect Citizens, (especially helpless toddlers & the elderly,) by confronting & resolving this issue of dog containment in a humane and acceptable way, that also protects the animals. Here is a report by PETA you can provide: http://www.peta.org/issues/companion-animal-issues/cruel-practices/chaining-dogs/chained-dog-findings/ A report by the Humane Society: http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/chaining_tethering/facts/chaining_tethering_facts.html More information to back up this claim: http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/chain.htm *At your meeting have lots of support show up, but spread the word discreetly, so an army of opposition does not show up.   *Don't show too many graphic images of neglected dogs, to avoid being seen as a crazy animal activist, (while that is really what I am I must admit), because it will likely turn them off.  They mostly want to hear how it affects the community as a whole negatively.   5.  If successful, try the State Level, and reach out to other communities to help them get it passed!  YOU CAN DO IT! Table of Laws Concerning Tethering:  https://www.animallaw.info/topic/table-state-dog-tether-laws There is pending legislation in Nashville, TN, and many other places passing an Tethering Ordinance as you read this.  Get it passed in your area! http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/politics/2015/03/03/nashville-dog-chaining-ban-survives-challenge/24345785/ *IT WILL TAKE THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY TO HELP ENFORCE A BAN.  Be prepared to stay involved to see your ordinance through! Points to make to your local lawmakers: (It has been proven that approaching lawmakers from a PUBLIC SAFETY stance 1st, 2nd a PROPERTY VALUE ISSUE, and THIRDLY an ANIMAL ABUSE issue, highlighting the effects on the community & standard of living, as opposed to simply an Animal Abuse Issue is the most successful way to win them over to your side.) *The law requires a fence for a pool but not a dog. People are more likely to get attacked by a dog that breaks his chain, made more aggressive by the chain, than to fall in someone's pool & drown.  Why can a fence not be required for dogs?  (SMALL PENS ARE NOT THE ANSWER). *People have argued that not all dogs chained are abused, some are only temporarily chained for bathroom breaks.  However, THE ONES WHO ABUSE CANNOT BE STOPPED WITHOUT LAWS.  Guilford County, NC recently passed a law that dogs cannot be tethered without the owner present.  Brilliant!  They made it look easy!  Just as the terrorists in the world cannot be stopped without laws. Laws are for the PROTECTION OF CITIZENS, and in this case, pets as well! *Are we to look the other way?  Are we to teach our children to look away from the abusers? Are we to teach them to look the other way when we see a dog suffering on a chain, because it is legal, & there's nothing that can be done? I think our children deserve to learn MORE respect for animals than that, and the animals deserve more. *Calling the police over and over and over on the same chained dog exploits the resources of a police department/animal control. *In places where a ban on chaining is currently in effect, the law enforcement officers (who are actually working to enforce), are making 2 trips, instead of 30, and ultimately seizing the dog if the violation isn't brought to compliance. The EXTRA RESOURCES-time, gas, effort, NOT spent going to the SAME HOUSE 30 times to say the pitiful chained dog is within the limits of the law, is being spent adopting the dogs out. Officers will have more time to rescue, and place, rather than chasing their "tails." I know this for a fact, because I have called 30 times on the same dog, as well as 30 of my neighbors, who have also made 30 calls on the same dog, all to reach the conclusion, that while the chained dog is rather pitiful, he is within the "limits of the law." *If the abusers chain their dogs & neglect them 24/7, there is nothing law enforcement can do without laws. *Real estate values go down where there are chained dogs. Would you buy a house next door to a Chained Pit Bull? I know people who were attacked by Pit Bulls who got off their chains. Some were nearly killed. Pit Bulls are cuddly teddy bears, unless chained, and neglected, then they become ferocious. Would you buy a house next door to a fenced pool or a chained Pit Bull? Which would frighten you more for your Grandma, or your kids? (Don't forget to use the research listed above about chained dogs & attacks as listed under #4). *In Drug Infested neighborhoods, dog fighting is prevalent. If we stop the chaining, we at least take that element away from those neighborhoods. The quality of life improves for everyone, not just the dog. *A Federal Ban on Chains would cut down on, if not eliminate all the illegal dog fighting in this country. *Not everyone keeps their dog in the house. My personal opinion on that is, if people took the time to properly train a dog to know what is his, and what is not, the dogs do great in the home. Dogs will stink up a house, IF the owner never gives the dog a bath, and never cleans. If someone thinks a dog is SO nasty it can never be inside, even when it is zero degrees, WHY do they WANT a dog? *If someone cannot afford an enclosure for the dog to go out in for fresh air, WHY do they need a dog? *One vet bill can exceed the cost of an enclosure, as all dog owners know. Does one really need a dog if they cannot afford fences & vet bills? *If someone is gone all the time, and does not have time to give a dog love and attention, WHY do they want a dog? I would love to have an elephant, or a giraffe. I love seals, walruses & penguins, but unfortunately,as much as I would like to have one, I do not have the resources, the time or the knowledge to have any of these creatures. *Dogs find missing persons, lead the blind, find bombs, solve crimes, perform life saving tasks, hello! they are too smart to be chained & disregarded! *People say dogs have lived outside for hundreds of years, but they were not CHAINED hundreds of yrs. ago & could get out of the rain!  Tiny plastic houses would not have been the hiding place of choice of a dog 100 years ago.  Many dogs are chained out with NO HOUSE & NO SHELTER! *People go to jail for abusing animals, but isn't chaining a dog 24/7 abuse? So why is it legal in many areas? Why? *Show them how many places already have an ordinance banning chaining/tethering. *Lastly, it would be beneficial for you to provide documentation of PROGRESS REPORTS in localities where this ban has ALREADY been passed, to show them it CAN BE DONE, and how it will benefit everyone.  Do not show up without facts. Here is a page dedicated to the Tethering Issue in Orange County, NC - where they have a 3 hour tethering limit. (I think Guilford's ban on chaining unless owner is present is more effective, but regardless, here is the progress reported by Orange County:) http://orangecountync.gov/animalservices/TetheringFAQ.asp There is no progress report available as of yet for Guilford because their ban on chains just went into effect recently. In NC, a law was passed,"Susie's Law" that would hand down a 5 year mandatory jail sentence for abusing an animal.  Yet chaining a dog 24/7 out in an ice storm or a lightning storm is *ABUSE.* Why are we not putting these people who chain their dog 24/7 in these conditions in  jail? There is no logic here in NC regarding this issue, but a few of us are working to change that, even Susie, whose own Momma (Donna Lawrence) was attacked by a chained dog! (Please see the uplifting movie "Susie's Hope," a story about a puppy that was beaten & set on fire, survived and was rescued by a woman who had been attacked by a dog on a chain, that she was trying to feed because the owners neglected it.)  An amazing story that will offer you inspiration & courage! http://www.SusiesHope.com My Opinion Piece leaves critics of this petition, absolutely nowhere to go.  Pass it on: http://donnahughes.com/wordpress/2015/01/22/my-opinion-on-dog-chaining-by-donna-hughes/ So many dogs are suffering night & day in cold & hot temperatures while chained up.  THIS IS NO LIFE FOR A DOG, or any animal, to be tied up 24/7.  I urge State & Federal Law Makers to strongly consider the CRUELTY and NEGLECT of an animal, that is living his ENTIRE life out in the elements, while attached to a stationary object.  The dog is an intelligent creature.  When chained 24/7, they must wonder what they are being punished for. See the story of the German Shepherd in New York, chained up in subzero temperatures: http://wivb.com/2015/02/19/controversy-swirls-over-dogs-left-outside/ See the story of Zeus, a beautiful Great Pyrenees Dog, chained 10 years in all sorts of bad weather: http://www.inquisitr.com/1895239/zeus-the-great-pyrenees-left-on-a-chain-new-york-state-supreme-court-ruling-leads-to-outrage/ See the story of the dog chained, while his owners ignored him, flood waters rose & he was stuck in the high water: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=349328338589725 There was the German Shepherd who chewed off his own foot to escape his tether: http://ktla.com/2014/11/14/dog-chews-off-own-foot-to-escape-being-chained/ For my last example, see the story of Joseph, the dog chained for 10 years: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FW-IMI7TTRU If these stories don't tear your heart out, I don't know what will. Does it seem right & is it fair to permanently tie an animal to an object, an animal known to be unconditionally loving?  If you think not, please sign & share! Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.~Albert Schweitzer There are no easy solutions, but I have organized a group to build fences for pet owners.  Critics of this petition, argue it will promote pet homelessness.  However, there has got to be a better solution, than leaving these dogs on chains to suffer.  SMALL PENS ARE NOT THE ANSWER.  They don't want to be cooped up, sitting in their waste either.  I understand that all God's creatures can no longer be free to roam the Earth.  Horses, cows, livestock must be fenced in.  Birds are caged.  Animals are kept in captivity in zoos.  There is unfortunately a feral cat population in every town.  Dogs are difficult to keep in certain areas where it is not safe for them to roam freely.  Many folks do not like their dogs in their homes.   These are all problems difficult to solve.   Developing  power and an infrastructure a hundred years ago in our country, was also a difficult problem to solve, but worth it.  Finding the Titanic, was a difficult problem to solve, but worth it.  Cleaning up the Twin Towers when they fell, and learning how to live in a world of terrorism has been, & continues to be a difficult problem to solve, but worth trying! Dogs are a lot of work.  They are like a 2 year old, that never grows up.  But they are so loving, and kind.  For me, they are worth everything I have to do, clean up, and buy.  I love hearing them snore.  It's a precious Heavenly sound.  Many people's lives revolve around their dogs.  So why are others so heartless?  LET'S MAKE THIS PROBLEM, WORTH SOLVING! You mean to tell me humans have entered into an age of technology, never foreseen by our Country's forefathers, with the ability to see who you are talking to half a planet away, where everything can be accessed with the push of a button instantly, we can look up almost anything on our phones, in a place where 100 years ago you waited for communication by letter for weeks & even months.  We put a monkey in space, brought him back, and men have walked on the moon, submarines dive deep into the ocean, jets transport us across the country in no time flat, but we can't figure out how to solve a problem such as this?  No way!  It is unacceptable! When I go to elementary schools to sing, the children always cry, sometimes uncontrollably, when I sing my song "Dog On A 10 Foot Chain."  Do we want to teach children, who obviously all have a heart for animals, that this is ok? I can't stand to see one more dog freezing out in the weather, or sitting in the pouring rain! It's not fair!  Dogs are so much smarter than that!  They are MAN'S BEST FRIEND.  They deserve more than that.  We owe it to them, to take care of them, if we take them in as pets! Recently, in my local newspaper, (The Greensboro News & Record) here in NC, posted a photo taken of a dog sitting in his house, while SURROUNDED by vultures!   http://www.news-record.com/news/photo-vultures-congregating-near-dog-in-greensboro-cause-concern/article_c900e168-910b-11e4-9704-db9c7636aff0.html They were probably not even going to wait for him to die to try to eat him!  The photo is posted on my Facebook page (Dogs Without Chains).  The great thing is, the dog was taken by authorities, and Guilford County has a NO KILL shelter!  So great news for that guy, but what about all the rest?   Would you want to be chained to something 24/7?   As people, when we are cold, we move around.  Dogs tied up, cannot even move around enough to stay warm!  It's a hard life.  I wrote two songs, to touch hearts, and provoke change/thought/actions/ on this issue: ("DOG ON A 10 FOOT CHAIN," on You Tube)http://youtu.be/GZn5qKJs2rU("ONE LESS DOG IN THE COLD," on You Tube)http://youtu.be/cBlWY7jT9ts I wrote both of these songs, after tossing & turning many nights, worrying about the dogs out there suffering. None of God's creatures want to be tied up out in the elements. Additional Perspective: According to the HSUS, dogs tethered for long periods can become highly aggressive. Dogs feel naturally protective of their territory; when confronted with a perceived threat, they respond according to their fight-or-flight instinct. A chained dog, unable to take flight, often feels forced to fight, attacking any unfamiliar animal or person who unwittingly wanders into his or her territory. In addition to the psychological damage wrought by continuous chaining, dogs forced to live on a chain make easy targets for other animals, humans, and biting insects. A chained animal may suffer harassment and teasing from insensitive humans, stinging bites from insects, and attacks by other animals. Chained dogs are also easy targets for thieves looking to steal animals for sale to research institutions or to be used as training fodder for organized animal fights. According to the HSUS, “Rarely does a chained or tethered dog receive sufficient care. Tethered dogs suffer from sporadic feedings, overturned water bowls, inadequate veterinary care, and extreme temperatures. During snow storms, these dogs often have no access to shelter. During periods of extreme heat, they may not receive adequate water or protection from the sun. What’s more, because their often neurotic behavior makes them difficult to approach, chained dogs are rarely given even minimal affection. Tethered dogs may become ‘part of the scenery’ and can be easily ignored by their owners.” Please spread the word, and encourage everyone to sign this petition, to end this cruel existence. Thank you for your support on this matter, and please help end the pain and suffering immediately!   Like my Facebook page, "Dogs Without Chains." https://www.facebook.com/DogsWithoutChains Visit www.DonnaHughes.com for more information. Contact me at Donna@DonnaHughes.com There are way too many dogs in shelters, and approximately 7 million dogs each year will be put to death due to overcrowding.   This is another aspect of our society I would like to change.  I have been told a huge help to that problem would be Puppy Mill laws in every State, making breeders accountable, reducing overcrowding.  Eliminated tethering would also help, because while some have suspected unchaining dogs would make shelter numbers increase, it actually helps reduce, as it cuts down on unwanted litters of puppies for 2 reasons: 1. Chained dogs cannot escape an ambush romance, thus getting pregnant, 2. If the owner cannot afford anything better than a chain as containment, they likely have not taken the proper time & care to spay & neuter.   *SPAY & NEUTER!  Thank you everyone! "He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery." ~Harold Wilson "When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves." ~Victor Frankl "The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind." ~William Blake   Articles written on my Efforts to END dog chaining, one written by a Pulitzer Prize Winner: https://www.pinterest.com/donnalhughes1/articles-on-dog-chaining/ Read the response of these 4th grade students, when asked what they thought of dog chaining, after their teacher posted an article about me that was in The Courier Tribune.  Some truly heart wrenching answers! "Dogs on chains get cold," "Their owners forget about them," "How would you like to be on a chain?" "What if you couldn't reach your food or water?" "Dogs are people too," "Dogs should be treated with love & kindness," "No dog wants to be on a chain," "Chaining a dog is just wrong." Sometimes grownups can learn a lot from a kid! https://www.facebook.com/DogsWithoutChains/posts/343040182567464 A final thought. For those who have dogs, but do not want them inside their homes, it is cruel to leave a dog tied up, where predators could get them, the elements cause them to suffer, and where they are not shown love & attention.  If you are someone that just chains them up, and spends 5 minutes a day with them, please find them a better home.  Surrender them to someone who will love them.  There are enough dog lovers in this world, just ask around, SOMEONE will take the dog for you. I recently accepted a dog that was surrendered willingly by his elderly owner, previously chained, and he is such a smart dog.  So much happier now.  Living in the house, and already house broken, after a couple of weeks.  He is such a joy.  He's finally learning words, which he didn't know before, because nobody ever spent any time with him. In my area, there are dogs on *chains* ALL AROUND ME, everwhere!  It is unfortunately  legal.  You can't call the authorities, unless they have no water, or no shelter.  So they can be sitting in 2 feet of snow, or a hurricane, or a lightning storm, a tornado, or 110 degrees, tied to a chain, and there aint a thing anyone can do about it.   The authorities actually consider a tiny plastic house - shelter.  A dog down the road from me had a house he could barely fit in, and it had a huge hole in the top.  I made several calls to the proper authorities, and FINALLY after a MONTH or more, the owners bought the dog a new house.  But there he was, on a chain, 24/7.  Here where I live, in North Carolina, you can't go around cutting dogs loose.  You will get shot, or arrested.  We simply have to ban together across the United States, and ban the practice of this dog neglect/abuse! Let's truly make America, the land of the "free," and the home of the "brave!"  It takes brave people to make changes! With gratitude, Donna Hughes If you will RE-share on each of the following DOG HOLIDAYS, Use these Dog Holidays to promote causes for Dogs! http://www.dogtipper.com/fun/pet-holidaysUse these hashtags when sharing! #UnchainDogs #EndAnimalCruelty #EndAnimalAbuse #EndDogChaining #NoChainsForDogs #ChainFreeDogs "To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often." ~Winston Churchill "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." ~Mahatma Gandhi "Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future." ~John F. Kennedy "The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance." ~Nathaniel Branden "Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them."~Dalai Lama Congrats to the Winners of the Dogs Deserve Better Songwriting Contest about Chained Dogs! http://dogsdeservebetter.org/2015songcontest.html

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