Help a Chained Dog This Month!

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Posted January 17, 2012 by Christina

All too often, “man’s best friend” is sentenced to a miserable life of solitary confinement, trapped at the end of a chain. In order to raise awareness of these “forgotten” dogs, peta2 has declared January “Unchain a Dog” Month, and we have just what you need to help a lonely, neglected dog in your neighborhood.

How You Can Help

There are two basic ways to improve the life of a “backyard dog”:

  • Work with guardians to help “backyard dogs” in non-emergency situations. Begin by talking to guardians about what their dogs need. Check out some key points to discuss with the dogs’ guardians here.
  • Call authorities if a dog’s life is in immediate danger or if chaining is illegal in your area. You can check to see if your local ordinance is being violated. See our list of places that have local chaining ordinances or look up your local law at the library or on Municode.com.

If You Want to Get More Involved

Educate your family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers about the suffering that chained dogs endure.

Find out if your community has a chaining ordinance. If so, think about ways it could be made better. For example, a ban on chaining is preferable to a time limit on chaining. Similarly, longer tethers are preferable to shorter ones. See our

Many neglected dogs’ lives have been forever changed because someone cared enough to offer to take them for a walk or give them toys, treats, and some much-needed affection. You can be that someone and make a world of difference for dogs. Remember: The best way to help chained dogs is to work with city or county legislators to ban chaining, and peta2 has the resources to help you get started.

Want to continue to help animals in need? Join the peta2 Street Team, and be sure to share this information with your friends and family on Facebook and Twitter!

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  • Profile photo of alexblue

    580 days ago

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Those photos are heart-shattering. I’m printing this out and hanging it on our grocery store community bulletin board. Thanks peta2 for helping us work to end this!

  • jan

    1167 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Wow this is so damn terrible! People who do this to dogs should be locked up!

  • 1176 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    LIBERTAD Y RESPETO PARA TODOS LOS ANIMALES.

  • 1189 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Stop it please!!!

  • 1192 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    ALL STATES In THE ENTIRE COUNTRY NEED TO “BAN CHAINING” OF DOGS!~ Why have a dog then???? They should be treated as a family member or just not have the dog to begin with. This is cruelty plain and simple—very sad.~ NOW is the time to change the “LAWS” or nothing will change!~

  • 1194 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is just wrong! People who do this to pets should be locked up…

  • 1195 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.

    This also applies to animals.

    Come on, guys, we don’t have to torture animals to hold dominion. Dominion means we take care of God’s pets.

    • 1195 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      I could never bring myself to chain my animals outside. Dogs are so loving, why chain them up outside when you could be spending time with them in the nice, warm house?

  • 1195 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    The ones who chains dogs.. should be chained!!!!

  • 1195 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    THE BIGGEST QUESTION OF ALL…………WHY ARE HUMANS SOOOOOOOOO EVIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!???????????????? DO THEY NOT HAVE A HEART? DO THEY NOT HAVE A SOUL? WHY? WHY? WHY? LETS LEAVE ANIMALS TO RULE THE WORLD, AND HUMANS UNDER THEM. LETS SHOVE PEOPLE IN CAGES FOR ALL REASONS THAT PEOPLE DO WITH ANIMALS NOW. LETS SHOVE PEOPLE IN CIRCUSES INSTEAD, LETS SHOVE PEOPLE IN ZOOS INSTEAD, LETS SHOVE PEOPLE IN SLAUGHTERING HOUSES INSTEAD, LETS SHOVE PEOPLE IN ANIMAL TESTING CAGES AND MAKE THEM HUMAN TESTING CAGES INSTEAD, LEST SHOVE PEOPLE IN ANIMAL MASS PRODUCTION HOUSING TO PRODUCE AS MANY UNBORN BABIES AS POSSIBLE INSTEAD, LETS SHOVE PEOPLE IN PUPPY MILLS AND MAKE THEM HUMAN MILLS INSTEAD, LETS SHOVE PEOPLE OUTSIDE IN THE COLDEST WEATHER AND THE HOTTEST WEATHER- THE WORST WEATHER INSTEAD, LETS TOTALLY ABSOLUTELY RUIN THE HUMANS HABITAT/ENVIRONMENT SO THEY WONT EVEN BE ABLE TO SURVIVE IN IT ANYMORE MAKING HUMANS GO EXTINCT…OH WAIT I FORGOT THAT ACTUALLY IS HAPPENING AS I SPEAK, LETS GIVE ANIMALS THE RIGHT TO TORTURE IN SOOOOO MANY EVIL WAYS ALL THE EVIL PEOPLE THAT HAVE/ WANT TO/ AND ARE PLANNING TO TORTURE ANIMALS, LETS JUST CHAIN HUMANS UP IN THE WORST CONDITIONS WHERE THEY ARE NO WHERE NEAR THEIR ORIGINAL HABITAT WHERE THEY CAME FROM AND LET THEM DIE SLOWLY AND PAINFULLY WITH ABSOLUTELY NO FOOD AND WATER, AND FEED THEM POISON, AND MAKE THEM CONSUME IT, AND TORTURE THEM THE SAME TIME MAKING THEM SUFFER THE MOST HORRIBLE THINGS YOU DONT EVEN WANT TO IMAGINE AND SO MUCH MORE…….GEE, THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN YOU SPIRITLESS HUMANS- BUT THAT SURE IS HAPPENING TO INNOCENT, BEAUTIFUL, SWEET, KIND, LOVING, RESPECTFUL, HONORABLE, LOYAL, JUST AMAZING ANIMALS RIGHT THIS VERY SECOND. WHY DONT WE JUST USE HUMANS INSTEAD AS ONLY ENTERTAINMENT/ PLEASURE/ ENJOYMENT/ SATISFACTION TO TAKE AS MUCH DIRTY, DISGUSTING, CORRUPT, GREEDY, SIMPLY EVIL MONEY AS POSSIBLE? SOUNDS LIKE A GREAT IDEA RIGHT? IF NOT, THEN WHY ARE WE DOING ALL OF THIS WITH ANIMALS AS I SPEAK? ITS NOT JUST DOGS THIS IS HAPPENING TO- IT’S EVERY SINGLE ANIMAL THAT GOD MADE ON THIS EARTH. SICK RIGHT?……GOD BLESS ALL ANIMALS/ENVIRONMENT AND PEOPLE TO TOTALLY CHANGE THEIR EVIL WAYS AND BE THE WAYS GOD ALWAYS WANTED THEM TO BE AND MAKE US ALL BETTER HUMANS IN GODS EYES. AMEN.

    • 1185 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      you sound like a VERY passionate person and i agree with every single word you said!

  • 1195 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    The dog is the best friend of the man, but the man is the worst friend of the dog. And not only…

  • 1195 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    please everyone be kind to animals. thank you!!!

  • 1195 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    to think that anyone can put an inocent animal through so much pain and heartache!! how can we as humans look into these eyes of these torured animals and not feel their pain!

  • 1195 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Les chiens sont des êtres humains, tout comme les autres animaux vivants dans ce monde. Une personne enchaînée et maltraitée est pris comme étant criminel, pourquoi ce traitement devrait être accepté et négligé lorsqu’il est commis sur un chien? Vraiment, la race humaine me dégoûte. Les chiens ont autant droit à leur liberté que nous. Ils ont tous une vie, ils ont tous un coeur.

  • 1195 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Oration of a mascot
    I am an alive being who suffers and feels, or that can be glad. Dame water clean, croquettes, or simply eaten nutritious. Also a abrigador ceiling, if it is possible or clean trapitos to sleep. You do not moor to me, but you remove to me to walk llevame with harness and strap. and you never raise me the ceiling or the roof. There the forgetfulness will cause that you do not return to take care of to me. I need to make exercise, Taking minutes of your day and we are going to walk, This us servira to both. If it is possible to you, ponme a comfortable necklace and a plate of identification. And porfavor, vacuname. This can be the difference between the life and the death. YOU NEVER MISTREAT TO ME AND YOU BEAT TO ME, BY NO REASON. THE BLOWS NEVER HAVE HAD JUSTIFICATION. TENME PATIENCE AND CONSIDERATION. You do not forget that most important it is the LOVE. I can be a good companion in your solitude, and contemplándote, I will not crush to you with char it dull. I will be there always, with you. Yes no longer you want to me, you do not throw to the street leaving to me luck. It looks for which practices the mercy and that lodges to me. There is pious people in this world that will receive to me with joy. You deliver a small attack and dame in adoption. If you have left something of consideration in the soul. You never leave me in the PERRERA. But the important thing Prohibited to remove its mascots without strap to avoid thus that they are lost and to protect them.

  • 1195 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    very sad ,it is heartbreaking to see these kind of horrible treatment.I lost my beautiful goldy this past year,she was 15 yrs.old,did everything could do to save her.they are like people ,these people are cruel.they have to make laws to help.

  • 1195 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I wouldn’t chain up an innocent animal under no circumstances whatsoever.

  • 1195 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Chaining dogs should be illegal everywhere!!!

  • 1195 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Let’s start a petition!!!!!!!! I cry every time i see this!! It is unbelievable at how ignorant and stupid people are to not know that animals aren’t just animals!!!! STOP ANIMAL CRUELTY AROUND THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 2012 LET”S CHANGE NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 1196 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    People who do this to animals make me sick!!

  • 1196 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    A dog is a companion, not a slave

  • 1196 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Comment traiter des animaux de cette manière,avec chaines et cadenas,les gens sont fous, c’est inacceptable!Cela me met en colère que ces bêtes soient entravés ainsi!A quel titre se permettent ils de les attacher de la sorte.Ces bêtes n’ont rien fait pour être si mal considérés.

  • 1196 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    PLEASE DONT DO THIS TO THEM
    THEY´RE THE MOST KIND ON THE WORD DONT HURT THEM IN THIS WAY

  • 1196 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is just shameful!!! What is WRONG with human beings?
    You have NO right. These wonderful anmals feel pain just as we do. This has got to STOP, NOW!!!

    You would not liked to be chained up!!! People who do this are mentally ill.

  • 1196 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    What’s bad is when people leave their pets in the car. I remember in the summertime seeing a lab puppy in someones car and the window barely cracked. It must’ve been over 100 degrees in there. I gave the puppy all the water I had with me and the puppy was terribly thirsty. I went into the store and complained as well as a few other customers. Leaving them in the car should be illegal.

  • 1196 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Les chiens ne devraient pas en chaine. C,est torture!

  • 1196 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is sad, very sad.

  • 1196 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    NO DOG SHOULD BE CHAINED IN A GARDEN WITH NO SHELTER OR STIMULATION. ANY ANIMAL DESERVES TO HAVE THESE BASIC NEEDS MET. WHY HAVE A PET IF IT ISN’T GOING LIVE AS PART OF YOUR FAMILY???
    LAWS SHOULD BE MADE AND ENFORCED SO THAT THE IGNORANT IDIOTS WHO HAVE THESE POOR CREATURES ARE NAMED AND SHAMED AND THE ANIMALS REMOVED FROM THEM.
    IT IS NOT A GOD GIVEN RIGHT TO OWN A DOG/CAT/HORSE ETC……IF PEOPLE CANNOT PROVIDE THE ANIMALS WITH ADEQUATE CARE (WHICH SHOULD BE ENSHRINED IN LAW AND BE OF A CARING AND HUMAN NATURE) THEN THEY SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO OWN THEM!
    GIVE THEM A TASTE OF THEIR OWN MEDICINE….

  • 1196 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I have a neighbor that has chained his dog to his doggie house 24/7… the string is long enough that he can lay on some old rugs he has outside but that’s it. That’s how he lives rain or shine. I can see the dog through my bedroom window and it makes me mad. It’s really hard because my neighbor is kinda aggressive and I don’t want to get into an argument with him. It’s really hard trying to figure out what to do or how to help this doggie. I wish I could at least offer to take him out for walks. This is a hard, delicate topic.

    • 1194 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      Hello Cristina,

      This is animal abuse. So why don,t you call the police or animal cops???

  • 1196 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Why do people do this? These are such loyal and loving animals. As a human we don’t like being filthy, cold, locked up, unable to go very far so what makes anyone think dogs like it?

  • 1196 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    IT MAKES ME FEEL SICK, WHEN SOMEONE IS THIUNKING OF GETTING A NEW PUP THINK OF ALL THE DOGS NEEDING NEW HOMES IN ANIMAL SHETERS THAT R LOOKING FOR A LOVING HOME!!!!

  • 1196 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Americans! Band together with me to write a “Constitutional Bill of Rights for Animals.” We MUST STOP the abuse today! Animal abusers should be punished no differently than those humans who abuse children! We must force our legislators to pass a bill of protection for the “innocents” of God’s earth!

    • 1195 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      I TOTALLY AGREE LORA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HUMANS ARE THE ONES THAT DESTROY ANIMALS IN SO MANY EVIL WAYS, SO THEN WE ARE THE ONES THAT CAN PROTECT THEM FROM THESE EVIL PEOPLE!!!!!!!!! GOD BLESS ALL ANIMALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 1185 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      i would totally support this and i think many others would as well.this article is truly sickening:(

  • 1196 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    HELP IF YOU CAN

  • 1196 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    For more information, tips and to have letters mailed to offenders, etc…see dogsdeservebetter.org

  • 1196 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    THESE LAWS DAMMIT NEED TO CHANGE EVERYWHERE!!!!!!

    IT MAKES ME SIIIICK!!!!!!

    WHY THE HELL DO YOU HAVE PETS IF THIS IS WHAT YOUR GOING TO DO!?!?!??!?!?!?!!? SIIIICK,SIIICK PEOPLE!!!!!!

    LAWS CHANGE NOW!!!!!!!

    • 1196 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      I agree. It angers me SOO MUCH that in the freezing cold of central Indiana when I’m out walking my pup (in in his winter coat) that these “lazy” pet owners (dog(s) owners) put their pets out in a fence either “chained up” or just in the fence for hours on end and leave them stomping about in freezing mud, snow, ice, water in the back yard, barking, barking and begging for warmth. These pitiful owners should be chained in the yard and left in the freezing cold while their pets sit inside the warm house and stare at them through the window!

  • 1196 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I just dont know what to say. I guess the owners need to be chained with frozen water to get it. Physical* education. Unless we feel it we sometimes dont get it. Im so sorry.

  • 1196 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    it is a time to wake up to who we truly are, and to awaken with vibrant energy to aliveness its time to wake up! we, the people of the world denounce any claims of our ownership, we must light up the darkness Confident that with a new sense of life, we will be what we were born to be: FREE.animals suffer the horrors of overcrowding or loneliness, they are denied adequate rest, food and water, injury, fatigue, infirmity, poor health, distress, very young or old age and impending birth. all forms of animal exploitation and cruelty.this is domestic and international terrorism being carried out on these our fellow beings for profit. It is time for our government’s to wake up or stand aside. we have convinced ourselves that we are equipped to cope with suffering and that thinking leads to new sources of suffering. it leads to myth-making , self-destructive behaviour which has its roots in the sense of shame/guilt and for some to destroy life wilfully all because we gave consent, withdraw your consent. self-destructive behaviour is more common than successful suicide. The distinction, life associated with self-destructive behaviour there can only be lose with a survival instinct to live and so we become smart enough to work the machine and charged to never own it and pleading with self to cope.
    knowledge is not power its empowering….life has value beyond measure
    Peace and Love

  • 1202 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    ‘friends dont chain friends’

  • 1202 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    thats heartbreaking :(

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