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'Storm's Law' Could End Chaining

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Posted February 23, 2012 by peta2 staff

Her story is a haunting reminder of why it should be illegal to chain dogs. Storm was just 2 years old when she strangled to death at the end of her chain after being chained up outdoors like a rusty old bicycle and left unsupervised. After calls about Storm’s horrific death flooded our office, PETA wrote to the mayor of the town in which she died, Portsmouth, Virginia, asking him to introduce “Storm’s Law,” an ordinance that would ban or seriously restrict chaining.

Storm’s owners claim to suspect foul play, but cruel people—who often poison or shoot dogs because they are annoyed by their barking or steal them for use as “bait dogs” in dogfights or to sell to laboratories for experimentation—are only one of the many dangers that chained dogs face. Obviously, Storm should have never been chained in her sad little mud patch to begin with.

PETA receives hundreds of reports of chained dogs, like the one pictured here, every year.

Dogs can strangle or injure themselves when their chains become tangled, or they can be attacked by other animals. Often deprived of food, water, veterinary care, and shelter, chained dogs routinely suffer from a range of maladies, including malnutrition, dehydration, flea infestations, mange, and untreated injuries, and can freeze to death or die of heatstroke.

And dogs aren’t the only ones who suffer the ill effects of chaining. Subjecting a social pack animal to a life of isolation contributes to aggressive behavior, making chained dogs three times as likely to bite.

More than 120 jurisdictions have passed laws banning or restricting chaining. If, like Portsmouth, your area still allows dogs to be chained, please use PETA’s tips to get a chaining ordinance passed.

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  • 1250 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    If someone has a dog and doesn’t take care of it on a chain yeah that will happen to a dog ^. But my dogs have chain there chain is a gliding chain. They have room to run & they are happy dogs. Strong and healthy & sometimes they get off their chain so they get free time. But I watch my dogs so they don’t get tangled & none has ever died because they were on a chain. My dogs get treated very well. & my dog Simba is the sweetest.

  • 1250 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    People usually keep inside their house small dogs like chihuahuas or yorkies, but I think they should let any dog inside while being supervised. Chained dogs have horrible deaths and they deserve love too. I would never chain my dogs.

  • 1251 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    awe, i wish it was a law every where. if your going to leave your pet chained up all the time, then why did you get an animal in the first place?

  • 1252 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    C’est écoeurant de faire souffrir ces pauvres animaux, j’espère que celui qui est l’auteur cette affreuse agonie sera jugé comme il se doit et non une sentence de risée…. au nom de ceux qui ne peuvent parler !

  • 1252 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Does anyone know the laws on tethering in Rockford, IL????
    Theres a dog thats chained up all the time in my neighborhood ]:

  • 1253 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    pleople who are this ignorant should not posess an animal what so ever. ignorence should not all ways be an exscuse, common knowledge of true dog lovers woild know this is out of order. STORMS LAW is a must to help stop this kind of abuse leading sometimes in death.Domt people realise that a dog is a pack animal like ourselves and is lonely and sad beeing tied up and left on its ownis torture. torture on a human is punishable and has laws, make this a law NOW please before mant more animals suffer. thankyou

  • 1253 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    c’est vraiment scandaleux de faire souffrir un animal ainsi j’espère que celui qui a fait ça aura une mauvaise vie et crèvera tout seul dans sa merde ..!!

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