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Crown Counsel, British Columbia provincial court, Honourable Judge, British Columbia provincial court: JUSTICE FOR RYDER THE TORTURED DOG

Crown Counsel, British Columbia provincial court, Honourable Judge, British Columbia provincial court: JUSTICE FOR RYDER THE TORTURED DOG | Saving STRAYS, PETS and SHELTER ANIMALS~ | Scoop.it
PETITION BACKGROUND (from "Metro Vancouver" article at the link below): Police were called to a home in Surrey, British Columbia in the early hours of February 14, 2015, to respond to reports of a woman being attacked by a dog. But when officers arrived, they discovered it had been the other way around. The dog, a black Labrador retriever named Ryder who had escaped from his owner’s yard a few blocks away, was found in medical distress. At the time, RCMP said the dog had been stabbed, beaten
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petition: STOP!!! DON'T USE LUCY THE ELEPHANT OR OTHER ANIMALS AT ZOOLANDER FASHION SHOW

petition: STOP!!! DON'T USE LUCY THE ELEPHANT OR OTHER ANIMALS AT ZOOLANDER FASHION SHOW | Saving STRAYS, PETS and SHELTER ANIMALS~ | Scoop.it
It has been widely noted that you The ARK Project and Virgin Media are choosing to hold the ZOOLander...
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Petition: NO MORE KILL SHELTERS!Discarding animals like nothing :( Save lives not take them

Petition: NO MORE KILL SHELTERS!Discarding animals like nothing :( Save lives not take them | Saving STRAYS, PETS and SHELTER ANIMALS~ | Scoop.it
These poor animals go through all kinds of torchure and neglect throwing them in high kill shelters just... (544 signatures on petition)
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Petition: Stop Animal Abuse In Kentucky

Petition: Stop Animal Abuse In Kentucky | Saving STRAYS, PETS and SHELTER ANIMALS~ | Scoop.it
Kentucky has the weakest animal protection. For many years they have gotten the reward nobody wants....
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Give a harsher penalty for the abuse, torture and attempted Murder of Caitlyn the Dog

Give a harsher penalty for the abuse, torture and attempted Murder of Caitlyn the Dog | Saving STRAYS, PETS and SHELTER ANIMALS~ | Scoop.it
In late May 2015, Caitlyn, a 15-month old chocolate Staffordshire bull terrier mix was left on someone's doorstep with tape wrapped around her muzzle so tightly that her tongue was caught between her teeth. The tape was there for three days. After doctors removed the tape, her muzzle had swollen so much, double the normal size, that she may need surgery to save her life. According to Dr. Kelli Klein “This was intentional”, and by looking at pictures and videos, you can see that is is, because n
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Greene County Commissioners: CALL TO ACTION! REFORM YOUR POUND!

Greene County Commissioners: CALL TO ACTION!  REFORM YOUR POUND! | Saving STRAYS, PETS and SHELTER ANIMALS~ | Scoop.it
To whom it may concern-   
We are asking that you investigate (and) pro-actively change Greene County Animal Control-  
90-95% of the 88 Counties in Ohio utilize a source called Petfinder.Com because they realize that in the United States 90.5% of computer users have visited Petfinder.Com to search for a dog or cat-   This information can be verified at Alexa.Com.     We have (continuously) been told that your facility REFUSES to utilize Petfinder (and) Social Media due to the public's
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South Carolina General Assembly: Sponsor a Bill called Caitlyn's Law for Abuse and Neglected Animals

South Carolina General Assembly: Sponsor a Bill called Caitlyn's Law for Abuse and Neglected Animals | Saving STRAYS, PETS and SHELTER ANIMALS~ | Scoop.it
This law would require animal abuser to register with law enforcement in their counties just like sex offenders. They would be required to inform schools, families and other organizations. They would also be listed in a data base. Then crime would continue to be treated as a Felony and if convicted get up to 8 years in prison.
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Tell the AKC to Stop Protecting Puppy Mills!

Tell the AKC to Stop Protecting Puppy Mills! | Saving STRAYS, PETS and SHELTER ANIMALS~ | Scoop.it
The American Kennel Club (AKC), which calls itself “The Dog’s Champion”, has been actively working against puppy mill legislation. States across the US have been trying to stop cruel puppy mills through legislation that creates basic standards of care for commercial breeding facilities. The AKC has opposed over 150 bills that would have brought humane standards to puppy mills. HB 159 in North Carolina is the latest bill the AKC opposes.
Brother Wolf Animal Rescue started this petition to a
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Petition: stop suffering to all animals

Petition: stop suffering to all animals | Saving STRAYS, PETS and SHELTER ANIMALS~ | Scoop.it
We want animal abuse stopped it is the 21st century after all. We want life time bans for all forms of...
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Petition: Stop Use and Remove the Gas Chamber at the Shelter of Hope in Cobourg, ON

Petition: Stop Use and Remove the Gas Chamber at the Shelter of Hope in Cobourg, ON | Saving STRAYS, PETS and SHELTER ANIMALS~ | Scoop.it
It is a national tragedy that 3 to 4 million shelter animals must be euthanized every year. Until a... (1166 signatures on petition)
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Petition: Ban The Sale Of Barbaric Prong Dog Collars

Petition: Ban The Sale Of Barbaric Prong Dog Collars | Saving STRAYS, PETS and SHELTER ANIMALS~ | Scoop.it
Prong dog collars work by digging spikes in to the dog's neck when the dog pulls. As seen in the... (181 signatures on petition)
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Petition: Urge Stringent Laws Against Cruelty to Animals In S. C.; Increase Penalties As Felonies

Petition: Urge Stringent Laws Against Cruelty to Animals In S. C.; Increase Penalties As Felonies | Saving STRAYS, PETS and SHELTER ANIMALS~ | Scoop.it
Please sign and share this petition worldwide as we continue our efforts in stopping animal abuse and...
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Petition: Boost Annual Funding For Irish Animal Centre

Petition: Boost Annual Funding For Irish Animal Centre | Saving STRAYS, PETS and SHELTER ANIMALS~ | Scoop.it
Please sign and share this petition worldwide in an effort to help the Irish Animal Centre that is in... (5289 signatures on petition)
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The Murango DA's Office: Justice for Linda's Murder

The Murango DA's Office: Justice for Linda's Murder | Saving STRAYS, PETS and SHELTER ANIMALS~ | Scoop.it
On July 29th, 2015 our foster dog, Linda was murdered while playing with two other dogs in the desert. They were just chasing lizards. Linda had gotten out during a horrific storm. Thunder, lighting and torrential rains. In addition to spending countless hours out searching for Linda, our foster, Sandra Gannon, had plastered the area with flyers of our little lost girl in hopes that a kind soul would find her, take her in, and make that call to get Linda home. That was not the case. A man fired
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Bill de Blasio: Stop NYC Animal Control Centers from killing animals

Bill de Blasio: Stop NYC Animal Control Centers from killing animals | Saving STRAYS, PETS and SHELTER ANIMALS~ | Scoop.it
See above.  This is Gallo.  He was killed on Sunday, August 9th, for no other reason than the Manhattan ACC ran out of room. Young, healthy, beautiful animals are being killed on a daily basis at the NYC Animal Control Centers.  Most of these animals could be adopted if given more time.  Additionally, there are many rescues willing to take these animals.  Turn the NYC Animal Control Center into "NO KILL" shelters.  Extend their outreach programs, increase their advertising budget, and provide f
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Petition: Bring Rex Home

Petition: Bring Rex Home | Saving STRAYS, PETS and SHELTER ANIMALS~ | Scoop.it
Gary’s dog Rex has been seized under the Dangerous Dogs Act.Gary has advised: Two police officers... (962 signatures on petition)
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Orange County, Florida Board of Commissioners: Stop impounding EAR-Tipped Cats

Orange County, Florida Board of Commissioners: Stop impounding EAR-Tipped Cats | Saving STRAYS, PETS and SHELTER ANIMALS~ | Scoop.it
The money saved by the county for the resources needed to impound ear-tipped cats, which are already neutered/spayed, can be used to hire much needed community outreach/educators and mediators regarding these ear-tipped cats. Due to the vacuum effect, removing ear-tipped cats has only a short-term effect on an area population of feral cats. Whereas, stabilizing an area through TNR and educating the public on how to live with these cats is working for the counties using this approach around the
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( JUSTICE FOR CAITLYN)Charleston, South Carolina State Senate: Give max sentence of 5 years for animal cruelty, and pay all medical expenses.

( JUSTICE FOR CAITLYN)Charleston, South Carolina State Senate: Give max sentence of 5 years for animal cruelty, and pay all medical expenses. | Saving STRAYS, PETS and SHELTER ANIMALS~ | Scoop.it
We want this submitted to the judge in Charleston..upon sentencing, Solicitors Office, & Courthouse officials ,to see the support, and Love!              
We are supportive of the NCPD's investigation and hope justice will be served in this case. We are eager for William Dodson, who committed this crime to be held accountable and punished to the fullest extent of the law, which continues to be one of the nation's weakest. ‪#‎Caitlyn‬ ‪#‎Adoptatcas‬ ‪#‎IamCaitlyn‬ ‪#‎NorthCharleston‬
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Petition: Equalize human and animal rights worldwide

Petition: Equalize human and animal rights worldwide | Saving STRAYS, PETS and SHELTER ANIMALS~ | Scoop.it
It was after reading about this 5 year old little girl in Vietnam who found her lost dog on a market,... (365 signatures on petition)
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Petition: Save 5 Wrongfully Impounded Dogs from Euthanasia June 7th, 2015

Petition: Save 5 Wrongfully Impounded Dogs from Euthanasia June 7th, 2015 | Saving STRAYS, PETS and SHELTER ANIMALS~ | Scoop.it
DON'T LET YOUR DOG BE THE NEXT VICTIM of Hillsborough County Animal Services!    ... (1397 signatures on petition)
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Petition: 400 DOGS PERISHED LAST YEAR IN VOLOS, GREECE - THIS YEAR'S STRAYS DESPERATELY NEED YOUR HELP

Petition: 400 DOGS PERISHED LAST YEAR IN VOLOS, GREECE - THIS YEAR'S STRAYS DESPERATELY NEED YOUR HELP | Saving STRAYS, PETS and SHELTER ANIMALS~ | Scoop.it
Many animal lovers will remember the STRAYS OF VOLOS, GREECE. 400 dogs were put into a forest by the... (154 signatures on petition)
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Petition: No Mandatory Killing after 10 Days!

Petition: No Mandatory Killing after 10 Days! | Saving STRAYS, PETS and SHELTER ANIMALS~ | Scoop.it
Our elected Commissioners plan to vote in a 10 Day only hold then kill policy for our County! (112 signatures on petition)
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Petition: Get a UK animal offenders register

Petition: Get a UK animal offenders register | Saving STRAYS, PETS and SHELTER ANIMALS~ | Scoop.it
In doing this we could stop anyone on the register to re own any animals and prevent any further abuse. (240 signatures on petition)
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Petition: Let's end euthanasia for healthy and adoptable animals in shelters throughout the United States of A

Petition: Let's end euthanasia for healthy and adoptable animals in shelters throughout the United States of A | Saving STRAYS, PETS and SHELTER ANIMALS~ | Scoop.it
It is our concern and responsibility to help animals to have a better quality of life, to protect them... (293 signatures on petition)
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PLEASE SIGN & SHARE TO END DOG CHAINING! Take a moment - to end a LIFETIME of suffering! Thank you!

PLEASE SIGN & SHARE TO END DOG CHAINING!  Take a moment - to end a LIFETIME of suffering!  Thank you! | Saving STRAYS, PETS and SHELTER ANIMALS~ | Scoop.it
APRIL IS PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS MONTH.  
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!  As a society, we must STOP looking the other way.  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
Dog fighting is cruel, inhumane, and ILLEGAL IN ALL 50 STATES, yet the Humane Society estimates that approximately 100,000 people run dog fights in this nation. Dog chaining is also cruel & inhumane.  How much dog fighting would be eliminated by a Federal BAN ON CHAINS, & why is one a federal crime, while the other is legal in most areas?  
In most places, dog abuse in general is illegal, but chaining a dog 24/7 is legal in most areas, and is the worst form of animal abuse.  It's time to make some changes!
Dog Tethering is not just an Animal Cruelty Issue, but is also a Public Safety & Property Value Issue, as nobody would enjoy purchasing a home next to a ferocious chained dog.  
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.
Humane Society Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGdmQRCNYyw&list=PL6999227C65DB6BDF
*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 am willing to organize 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
An organization I admire greatly, is DOGS DESERVE BETTER.  They rehabilitate dogs, after rescuing them from chains and pens.  PLEASE DONATE TO THIS ORGANIZATION, OR A LOCAL SHELTER NEAR YOU to make a difference in the life of a chained dog!  I have researched what they do, and they are a remarkable, outstanding, reputable, highly trained group!
www.DogsDeserveBetter.org
If everyone who signed this petition gave one dollar to DDB or a local rescue near you, so many more dogs could be saved.  
If you can't give money, volunteer your time at a local shelter.  Adopt a dog, rather than shopping for one.  
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
A note to RADIO PROGRAMMERS:  Please download my Public Service Announcement on this issue.   This page includes important "Dog Holidays."  Airing this announcement on those dates, will create even more awareness.
http://www.airplaydirect.com/music/UnchainDogs/
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
P.S.  This petition will run until the last day of 2015.  Let's get a million to sign!  If you will RE-share on each of the following DOG HOLIDAYS:
*Jan. 24, 2015: Change a Pet’s Life Day *February is Unchain a Dog Month AND Responsible Pet Owners Month *Feb. 7: Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week *Feb. 15-21, 2015: National Justice for Animals Week. *Feb. 20, 2015: Love Your Pet Day *April Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month(ASCPA) *April 11, 2015: National Pet Day *Third week in April. Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week. An effort by the Humane Society of the United States *National Pet Week - May 4-10 *National Pet month -May *Mid-June: Animal Rights Awareness Week *Take Your Dog to Work Day - June 20 *July 31: National Mutt Day. Also see Dec. 2 *National Dog Day - Aug. 26 *National Humane Education Society Founded 1948 - Sep. 15 *National Dog Week - Sep. 14-20 *October - National Pet Wellness Month + Adopt A Shelter Pet Month *National Day of Animal Rights - Dec. 10 www.DonnaHughes.com
#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
PLEASE ENTER THE DOGS DESERVE BETTER SONGWRITING CONTEST! FREE TO ENTER, GREAT PRIZES! Send your best dog song! Let's love our dogs!
http://dogsdeservebetter.org/2015songcontest.html
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