Dogs Deserve Better, a non-profit organization that works to end the suffering endured by dogs kept chained or penned for life, is holding their fifth annual “Chain Off’ this weekend. This event’s goal is to raise awareness about chaining and to show that this is one of the worst forms of abuse to which a dog can be subjected: keeping it chained or penned for its entire life.
The “Unchain the 50″ begins today in Atlanta, GA and Redmond, WA with 48 satellite “Chain Offs” running through July 8th. Participants will chain themselves to doghouses — some in their own yards — to stand against the process of continual chaining.
More on the event after the jump.
From a press release:
“Living chained to a doghouse for 24 hours will be grueling and unimaginable for those of us who are so used to coming and going as we please,” said Susan Hartland, organizer of the Atlanta and Seattle events. “But the discomfort we will endure is nothing compared to the daily suffering of many of our nation’s dogs who spend their entire lives at the end of a chain, living in a small patch of mud, their chains wrapped around a tree, baking in the summer sun or freezing in the winter cold.”
Last year, California became the first state in the country to pass a statewide law specifically limiting the amount of time a dog may be tethered to a stationary object. Over 100 local governments across the United States have passed legislation in recent years that either bans or limits how long a dog may be chained, recognizing that existing animal welfare laws are outdated and that dogs are intelligent, social, active animals that suffer greatly if kept chained or penned for their lives.
Dogs Deserves Better founder, Tammy Grimes, will stay chained to a doghouse for 29 hours along with representatives from other states.
The Atlanta event will be held at Piedmont Park, and the Seattle event will be held at Marymoor Park.