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October 21, 2009

What You Can Do to Help Chained Dogs

Unchain a dog in your community today

  • Contact your local humane society or animal control agency if you are concerned about a dog who is left outside without proper shelter, food, or water. istockphoto

Are you concerned about a chained or tethered dog in your community? Here are a few ways you can help make a difference.

Spread the word

Download a free copy of The HSUS kit "A Dog's Life: Chaining and Your Community," a step-by step guide on how to pass an anti-chaining ordinance in your area. Make a positive impact in your neighborhood by educating people about the dangers of tethering and the needs of dogs who spend time tied up outdoors.

Call for backup

Contact your local humane society or animal control agency if you are concerned about a dog who is frequently tethered or otherwise left outside without proper shelter, food, or water.

A growing number of anti-cruelty laws and ordinances include "adequate care standards" that make it illegal to keep a dog outside without proper shelter in inclement weather or dangerous temperatures. Several communities have enacted ordinances prohibiting the tethering of dogs altogether.

Your local animal care and control organization will be familiar with the laws and ordinances that apply to your particular area and situation. Even if the dog's owner is not violating any laws, an animal control officer or cruelty investigator may be able to persuade and empower the dog owner to take steps to improve the situation. In some instances, persuading the individual to voluntarily give up the dog is the best solution for the animal.

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