Ban dog tethering/chaining NOW


nimal Behaviorists Agree: Chaining Makes Dogs Dangerous British animal behaviorist Dr. Roger Mugford states, "Dogs, just like human beings who get locked up for no reason, will get mean and bitter." According to animal behaviorist Shelby Marlo, "[D]ogs who are forced to live their lives at the end of a chain suffer from severe psychological, emotional, and behavioral effects."

"Chaining dogs creates unsafe neighborhoods. Chaining dogs creates communities in which our children, our elderly, or anyone unlucky enough is at risk for injury or death." —Animal behaviorist Sue Sternberg 

"We [passed] this ordinance for two main reasons: (1) the safety of our citizens and (2) for the humane treatment of the animals. Our records indicated that 51 percent of our dog bites were from dogs [who] were confined on chains or had been chained and had broken loose. … I observed that most of our dogs [kept] chained were receiving inhumane treatment." —Elaine Modlin, animal control officer, Laurinburg, North Carolina

"Children are the most common victims of serious dog bites." —The American Veterinary Medical Association

Chaining ruins dogs' nature as social pack animals. According to syndicated pet columnist and veterinarian Dr. Michael Fox, "Dogs are pack animals and need frequent contact with their own kind or with human beings." The Washington (D.C.) Humane Society states, "Chaining, by definition, keeps a dog in solitary confinement, continually thwarting [the animal's] pack instinct to be with other animals or with [his or her] human 'pack.'" As undersocialized animals, tethered dogs develop behavioral problems, which often result in attacks. As animal behaviorist Dr. Temple Grandin writes in her latest book, Animals in Translation, "An animal who hasn't been properly socialized to his peers isn't dangerous only to other animals. He can be dangerous to humans, too."

Chaining heightens dogs' natural territoriality. Tethers limit dogs' space and make the boundaries of those few square feet of territory much more distinguished. Regarding chained dogs, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists President Elizabeth Shull states, "In addition to frustration, the constant physical restraint promotes excessive territoriality, which may be manifested as aggression. These attacks are completely unnecessary as they are easily preventable by using a secure fence for containment."

Dogs are 'fight or flight' animals. When confronted with a threat, a dog will either flee from the danger or confront it. Tethered dogs have no ability to flee and escape from danger, so they must attack. Karen Delise explains: "The natural fight or flight response afforded to most animals in most stressful situations is denied to a chained animal. The dog is cognizant of the fact that he can only retreat the length of the chain and will often opt to 'stand his ground.' Removing the option of flight for any animal will always increase the chance of a physical encounter (or fight response) to a perceived threat."

"In addition to frustration, the constant physical restraint promotes excessive territoriality, which may be manifested as aggression. These attacks are completely unnecessary as they are easily preventable by using a secure fence for containment."—Elizabeth Shull, president, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists

Chaining Dogs Is Cruelty to Animals
While the fatal consequences to humans of chaining dogs are what most often capture public attention and officials' response, continuous chaining is also detrimental to the physical well-being of any dog. Many chained dogs are deprived of adequate food and water, shelter, and veterinary care, and their social needs are ignored. They frequently die of heatstroke throughout the summer and succumb to exposure during the winter. Internal and external parasites feed on these animals year round. In the summer, flea and tick infestations and suffering brought on by flystrike are especially severe for chained dogs, who have no escape from them.

Chained dogs often choke to death or are attacked. Chained dogs hang or choke to death after they become entangled or try to leap over fences or other items. Collars put on dogs as puppies become painfully embedded in the animals' skin as they grow older and the collars are not enlarged. Many dogs who are left to fend for themselves at the end of a chain fall victim to attacks by other animals or cruel people. Chained dogs are tortured, poisoned, shot, stabbed, set on fire, stolen to be used as "bait" for fighting dogs, and abused in countless other ways. These animals' fates have prompted many cities and counties to pass anti-tethering legislation. For example, Fairhope, Alabama, banned chaining after the city's animal control officer rescued a chained dog who was so starved that his ribs were clearly visible. After the remains of a Burleigh, New Jersey, woman's chained dog were found in her back yard in January 2004, at least six cities in Cape May County adopted anti-tethering ordinances. Tucson, Arizona, restricted tethering after "animals [who] had been tied out wound up choking themselves" by "jumping over items," according to the City Attorney's Office.

"The ordinance was originally passed because putting an animal on a [tether] was deemed cruel for a variety of reasons. … We had seen a number of instances where animals … wound up choking themselves when they tried to escape by jumping over items in the yard, such as cars or motorcycles." —Pat Mehrhoff, senior assistant prosecuting attorney, Tucson, Arizona


It is summer in Queensland Australia heat can and will and has killed dogs tethered on chains. It is abuse to make an animal suffer in sun. I live in the Scenic Rim and have noticed so many dogs tied out in the sun with nothing but a hot box for shade who are tethered/chained to this hot box with no relief from the blazing sun as the dog house is too hot. Some dogs have no protection at all and remain chained witout protection. Their water can't bring relief because it too is in the sun.
This is an immediate problem, and our current laws do not allow animal control to help them. The current law states only that owner provides house, evidence of water and food. This is not enough for law officers to protect these animals.
An owner that does not provide exterior shade in the summer is neglecting the animal. If the owner can not provide for the animal, they should not own an animal.
By signing this petition you are making it possible for our law enforcers to bring relief to these animals. By signing this petition you are agreeing that dog tethering/chaining should be banned for dogs and that any outdoor housing be protected from direct sunlight and be under trees or another structure that protects from the all weather extremes. 

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