Outside living is no place for dogs

What is your local legislator's position?

A friend recently posted a question on social media asking, “who all had a dog/dogs chained to a dog box outside right now?”

Now, knowing this friend, who is heavily involved in animal rescue and abuse prevention, we got her point immediately. Nobody better have a dog chained outside especially as the temperatures recently took an arctic turn and dipped more than 40 degrees almost overnight here in the northeast.

Why there are still people who keep dogs chained outside is beyond me. I’d hope with all the education and news stories focused on the negatives of isolating dogs outside, that we’d be in a much better place – or, more importantly the dogs would.

Would you like to live outside exposed to all the elements? Either would a dog. Especially tethered to a small, unsubstantial ‘house’ to protect it from the weather.

More importantly, dogs are pack animals. That means they are social beings that best interact with other dogs and people (since domestication all those years ago). We humans, helped to domesticate dogs and to think we don’t want to assume responsibility for this is incomprehensible.

Sadly, many states do not have stringent laws that protect animals from being left outside with little shelter, food or water, including Pennsylvania. The best we can do at this time to protect such animals is to call the local animal enforcement officer or local police if you see an animal trying to survive in extreme conditions.

On a proactive note, we can contact our local state legislators and ask them how they support animal legislation that prohibits tethering outside. You might be surprised on the stance or non-stance your local leaders currently hold on these issues.

Proactively, we can work together with our local legislators to help create and enact meaningful legislation that protect animals from being tied outside in extreme weather conditions or left without proper food, shelter or fresh water.

Learn what you can do to help animals in your state by checking with your local legislators or by checking out the ASPCA Take Action web site: http://www.aspca.org/take-action. If you wish to learn more about how you can help contact legislators in your state, email me at ahanna@altoonamirror.com and together we will learn who your local representative is and how best to contact them.

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