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Why Chaining Dogs Really Bites

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pitIf your local government officials were inspired by National Dog Bite Prevention Week to pass an ordinance that would help prevent dog bites, would you support it? As it turns out, they can do just that by banning chaining. Dogs have a strong fight-or-flight response, and chaining takes away the less dangerous option. In addition to being denied adequate food, water, shelter, and veterinary care, dogs who spend their lives at the end of a chain often are not socialized, and even a small child who runs toward them can seem threatening, leading them to bite in self-defense. Chained dogs are three times more likely to attack than are dogs with the freedom to escape perceived threats, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the American Veterinary Medical Association advises guardians, “Never tether or chain your dog because this can contribute to aggressive behavior.”

Communities across America are acknowledging the danger (and cruelty) of chaining and are implementing chaining restrictions. For easy ways to encourage your local legislators to consider a lifesaving chaining ordinance, see PETA’s “Breaking the Chain” webpage.

The post originally appeared on PETA.org.

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    Adair Leonard says...

    May 20th, 2011, 4:17 pm

    No dog should ever have to live a life of being chained. Anyone who has to chain a dog to contain it should not own a dog or any other animal. It is inhumane and cruel. Can you blame them if they bite? Dogs are social animals and need companionship. Where is the compassion for these precious, innocent dogs?? If a dog bites, it is not the dog’s fault. It is the fault of the owners who don’t care enough to spend time caring for and learning how to patiently train their dog.

    patti says...

    May 20th, 2011, 5:52 pm

    Why have a dog if you are going to chain it all day???There are so many ignorant people that just don’t get it. If they could, they would chain their kids up too. Dumb people don’t deserve to own an animal…..

    Patricia says...

    May 20th, 2011, 6:32 pm

    I have never understood how you can love and enjoy a chained dog!

    DOLLY says...

    May 21st, 2011, 4:18 pm

    WE ARE FIGHTING THIS ACT RIGHT NOW IN NC..I HOPE THE LAW PASSES TO STOP PEOPLE FROM CHAINING ANIMALS..TO ME EVEN HAVING THEM IN A SMALL RUN STUCK AWAY FROM EVERYONE IS NOT RIGHT..DOGS ARE SOCIAL AND SHOULD BE ABLE TO BE WITH PEOPLE TO SHOW THEM LOVE AND CARING..NOT STUCK IN A PEN OR CHAINED, I HAVE SIGNED NUMEROUS PETITIONS AGAINST THIS!! HOW WOULD PEOPLE FEEL IF THEY WERE STUCK IN A SMALL ROOM AND NOT BE ABLE TO GET OUT? WELL THATS HOW YOUR ANIMAL FEELS!!

    Judith says...

    May 23rd, 2011, 5:03 pm

    Chaining a dog is so cruel as it deprives it of so much such as socialization with others. When we hear of chained dogs acting aggressively or in the worst case biting, the owners of those dogs refuse to take responsibility for what’s happened. After all, aren’t they the ones who created the problem in the first place? There should be laws banning dogs from being chained.

    Tina says...

    May 28th, 2011, 2:41 pm

    A dog owned by an MBTA cop lived in a small kennel and was recently starved to death. This behavior was outrageous. The cop’s other dog was removed, this happened in or around Boston, MA. So not only was the dog residing in a confined space, but he was starved to death. This is just haunting, can’t even imagine. But fortunately, in my area, there are now very few chained dogs. I spoke with animal control about enacting laws but she responded that there were so few chained dogs in the area, it would be more worthwhile to concentrate onto other areas. But chaining a dog is atrocious, they eat with the chain, the chain is attached to the dog’s every movement. One chained dog is one too many.

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