Dogs Deserve Better’s Chain Off 2007 Event

Unchain 50

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years that either bans or limits how long a dog may be chained, recognizing that existing animal welfare laws are outdated and that dogs are intelligent, social, active animals that suffer greatly if kept chained or penned for their lives.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.

12 Responses to “Dogs Deserve Better’s Chain Off 2007 Event”

  1. Steve says:

    The only time laws are enforced against these types of crimes is when people actually pick up the phone, call in and report it.

  2. Pam says:

    That’s *if* there are are laws in place. About 10 years ago, my landlord kept two dogs chained up in the yard of his house. They were fed cheap dry food and had rickety home-constructed wooden “houses” for shelter.

    As his life was changing, he found a new home for one of them but kept the other. He went on a long trip overseas and left me to take care of the dog. This dog was also known to get loose and roam the neighborhood, sometimes being a bit aggressive. I called all around to find out what could be done. None of the “official” channels would do anything. Finally, a lady stopped by to talk to me. She ran her own rescue group and knew about the dog. Between the two of us, we created a rescue scenario. She found a new good home for the dog and one day while I was at work the dog just “disappeared”.

    When the landlord returned I was duly apologetic. He just ran away one day and never came back. Landlord appeared to be upset but it didn’t last.

  3. thomas says:

    These crimes against animals are pretty much ignored in the area where I live. Law enforcement seems to be in the pocket of farm groups . I live in the puppy mill capital of new york area , the finger lakes. It also seems like laws are enforced differently based on occupation and religion!! If you are a farmer of a certain religion it seems that you are not under the same animal cruelty laws or child abuse laws.

  4. ann says:

    I understand how people feel about dogs being chained all the time or living in a pen. Many of these dogs never have human contact and are negelected. There are chases however where it is more cruel to keep certain breeds of dogs inside. When I lived in northern PA, I had two siberian hukies who lived in a spacious outdoor pen constructed of coated chainlink with finished (no pointed) edges. They had a large, insulated double dog house with a raised floor and clean bedding. The pen had plenty of shade as well as sunlight. It was well sheltered from the wind. I took them for leashed walks daily. The dogs lived outside after their first winter as pupies. When they became older I brought them inside and NEVER had a problem with going potty in the house. They saw the vet regularly for shots, were on heatworm and flea preventative. They ate a combination of table scraps and premium quality dry food. They were never sick. They lived to be almost 15 years.

    Cruelty was my first siberian who constanly escaped from the house because he loved to run and hated being inside, and as a result was shot by a neighbor for fun.

    Now you have heard the “rest of the story.”

  5. 3FURS says:

    To me a pet is part of the family and lives in the house, as part of the family. I think a pet needs to be chosen that can live with you. If the animal is uncomfortable in a home environment, it should live in an environment that is suitable for that breed. Otherwise it is not a pet aka a baby with fur. Dogs crave companionship with their family.

  6. Pam says:

    ann, what you are talking about is worlds apart from how the chained dogs are “kept”.

  7. mittens says:

    dog runs are real easy to make with parts from home depot. that way the dog can roam a little without getting loose but still be in the yard and contained humanely.

    in reality some people have dogs purely for hunting or property protection-in many ways these aren’t pets. they are called ‘work dogs’ for a reason. i don’t see anything wrong with this. the government has no tight telling people they can’t have dogs that aren’t in- the- house pets. that said, it’s cruel and unacceptable for such animals to be chained, nearly immobile, with dirty water and filthy eating conditions-forced to ‘go’ where they eat- and poor or no shelter.

    this event should focus on showing people the options ,if they really want to make a difference, rather than trying to humiliate/chastise/taunt people into being humane. not everyone engages in the anthropomorphism of domestic animals and sees them as infantalized non-human children or animated stuffed toys. they are dogs and some dogs do indeed need to be leashed or chained in some manner-a manner that’s not cruel.

    of course if i had a dog it would be like a big baby and part of the family… if the cats were ok with that.

  8. Sharon says:

    They finally passed an ordinance in Austin, TX against chaining dogs. It goes into effect October 1st. But just down the road a piece in Bastrop an animal control officer that worked for the city or county was recently fired. Those Bastrop officials knew about a horrific situation with multiple dogs tied up without food or water. Neighbors complained about the situation for months as it deteriorated. Even after the animal control officer came to the house and found a dead dog he didn’t remove the other animals. His comment was “there was no sign of abuse”. A dog was dead, it was hanging from its chain, what more of a sign did he need? He left the dogs over the weekend without telling anyone what he found until the next week and five more died. The rest were finally removed and a mama dog had to be euthanized because she was too far gone. I’m sure nothing will change in Bastrop. People in Texas are stupid.

  9. Tammy Grimes says:

    I am the founder of the organization that organized this event, and I’d like to thank all those who participated so much for taking this stand. It’s obvious to me that some people just don’t get it, and with enough of us standing up to them and their archaic treatment of dogs, we WILL make a difference.

    Don’t have a dog if you can’t give it the life it needs and deserves. Even if it’s a ‘working dog’, it can still live inside with it’s pack, I see it every day with a farmer near me. His dog goes out and works the fields with him, and then goes home with him at night. They are awesome to watch.

    Tammy S. Grimes, Dogs Deserve Better

  10. Pitlord says:

    Great idea, until somebody gets hurt by a roaming dog!

    People who support irresponsible activist “causes,” like this one, are the reason dog attacks keep happening.

    The idiots who neglect their animals do it in many ways, not JUST leaving them chained. Chaining up an animal that might otherwise wander off and hurt itself or others is called RESPONSIBLE pet ownership. The problem is not the chain it’s the neglectful owner.

    This is a waste of time, except for the organizer who obviously profits from it.

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