Dogs Die at the End of Chains as Cold Sweeps the Nation Nonprofit Urges Citizens to Report Abuse/Media to Remind People to Bring Companions Out of the Cold Tipton, PA January 18, 2007
18 January, 2007, Altoona, PA — Dogs Deserve Better, a national nonprofit working to bring dogs into the home and family, has received reports of dogs dying as a result of being left chained or penned in frigid temperatures. "Two pitbulls were removed from a home in Boulder County, CO, last week after neighbors called animal control. The dogs had been left outside in extremely cold temperatures for several days. One of the dogs suffered from frostbite and the other had to be euthanized because of the severity of its injuries," the Boulder Humane Society said.
This scenario is repeating itself across America with dogs whose stories will never be told and whose deaths will go unnoticed, unmourned, and unjustified.
As cold sweeps as far south as Texas, San Antonio drew press reports of a dog chained outside without shelter. “He’s suffering. He cries a lot,” said neighbor Josie Jeffries, “At nighttime, he starts crying. And he’s not barking, he’s crying. Officers came and they saw the dog tied up outside freezing. They’ve talked to the owner and they won’t do anything about it,” said Jeffries.
The Animal Control officer decided the dog’s life "isn’t in danger by being outside"; however, just last Friday, January 12th, San Antonio was the site of a chained dog attack in which 10-year-old Amber Jones was killed by a chained dog she tried to untangle. Dogs chained outside are not only in danger of death by cold or other predators, but often present a danger in return to children around them.
Dogs Deserve Better implores those with dogs chained or penned to bring them into the home and family, and urges all citizens to report dogs who are suffering immediately. Do not stop trying to get help for the dog regardless; the dog’s life depends on it.
Dogs Deserve Better will aid any caretaker who agrees to bring his/her dog into the home and family. The organization will help with housetraining, purchase a crate for housetraining use, or donate fencing as funding permits. They ask all citizens to contact local TV and radio stations as a reminder to call for dogs to be brought out of the cold, and to ask these stations to run a free Public Service Announcement donated by the organization.
In an effort to help dogs suffering in the cold, the group has designated Valentine's Week, February 7-14th, "Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week,” and will deliver a Valentine, a brochure and a treat coupon to dogs living outside all over the U.S. and into other countries where they have representation. Tammy Grimes, founder of Dogs Deserve Better, states “I am in mourning for the senseless loss of the life of this dog, as well as the other nameless, faceless dogs dying in this cold. We must act together to stop the loss of life due to the negligence of chaining.”
To learn more about Dogs Deserve Better programs and services, visit the site at www.dogsdeservebetter.org. To learn more about the Mothers Against Dog Chaining program, visit www.mothersagainstdogchaining.org
About Dogs Deserve Better Dogs Deserve Better works to bring dogs out of the backyard and into the home and family.
Thanks Riley, I just wish the people who REALLY need to see this would care about their pets enough to realize how cold it is. Here in MI, we jsut got about a foot of snow and temps that haven't made it about freezing in a week.
***Edited By: rescuepups! on 9/3/2007 10:05:10 PM*** Reason: *
NO ONE knows what's better for your dag then you!!!! and don't forget that! everyone on this site is here for sharing their opinions and for talking about their pets. they can't tell you what to do you have to be making that decision for yourself. we are just here to help you along!
Its not addressed at you. If you think it is that is your own conscience.
I posted it because they give info about how you can report dogs that are in need to come inside. It also tells people they will help with training, buying crates, etc if you chose to bring your dog in. I don't care what you do with your dog. But there ARE dogs freezing to death outside.
My father has been raising dogs since he was 15. And all his dogs were outside dogs. NONE of them ever died from the weather. Just old age. Right now he has a Lab and a Shep. And its winter. they are perfectly fine. And go into their doggy houses that are stuffed with straw and a wind blocker for warmth. They love it out there. And the lab, we bring her to lakes and she goes swimming in them!!! its the middle of winter, she has so much fun!!! I hate when people go against outdoor dogs. Its not the weather that kills them its the people who dont know how to take care of them that kills them. End of story, If you put them out there in the spring/summer, then by winter they will have grown a full thick coat just like any animal living outside would. You cant just stick them out there in the winter and expect them to be ok. This is my opinion and im sticking to it. Like i said. Owners kill dogs, not weather (unless you got like a flood or something like that lol)
Rescuedogs, ya that's what a person in my town thought and she went out the next morning and he was dead. Froze to death. She didn't think it would happen to him. The stupid person, It makes me so mad that people won't treat the animals better.
we just had a little cold snap move through here. there were icicles hanging off the gutters. while all my animals were warm and safe inside the house, i worried about what the stray animals were doing to keep warm. i would hope that no one would purposely subject their pets to freezing temperatures.
omggg see wily its people like you that are pissing me off. Because of what you just said. "you wished people would treat their animals better" Thats simply tell my family we're doing something wrong when we're not at all!
Same goes for you dusty
What happens when wolves are born in the wild or strays are born in the wild. They dont go crawl up to a lil cozy fireplace. They adapt to the enviorment and survive living happy.
***Edited By: Ookadahusky on 1/19/2007 8:24:06 PM*** Reason: k
we used to have a dog named bear dog and he always stayed outside because he wanted to stay outside. he would whine and howl until let him out. even when it snowed (but of course we would keep him inside when it snowed)