WVa Protesters Chained In Solidarity With Dogs

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Huntington, W.Va. (AP) -- A group of protesters in Huntington thinks people who tie their dogs up for long stretches of time should try it themselves.

Activists chained themselves to trees and a dog house at the city's Ritter Park on Sunday to advocate for an ordinance banning tethering in almost all circumstances.

A proposal before the city council would place restrictions on the practice, but not end it.

The protesters say it doesn't go far enough.

City councilwoman Rebecca Thacker was one of the people chained up for eight hours Sunday.

She says tethering a dog is a form of abuse.

The council is scheduled to vote on the proposed ordinance July 13.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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  • by grace Location: parkersburg on Jul 1, 2009 at 08:03 AM
    I to was raised with dogs outside, ours were outside dogs, meaning they stayed there, fresh water, food and shade with a nice healthy walk 2 times a day but what i think they are taking about here are the people like my neighbor who will put her dogs out without shade, water or food, she will leave for the weekend and doesn't have anyone check on them, when us neighbors tried to care for them when she was gone she called the police on us and put up no trespassing signs, so we called the police on her for abuse and they would do nothing, outside of city limits it is okay to let your dog run or be chained. Call animal control acouple dozen times and got the same response, they dont do outside city limits. So with no help out there , what were they people to do? so it started and got out of control a bit. Good people with good hearts got carried away a bit. Just have animal contol more avaliable to all people and let them decide.
  • by honest_citizen on Jun 30, 2009 at 04:41 AM
    Form of a abuse? You can chain me to a fence if it means free food, and shade under a tree. No work, no worries, the dogs have it made. I think that council woman needs to be repremanded for participating in unbecoming a citizen behavior.
  • by Eric Location: Wood on Jun 29, 2009 at 08:30 PM
    People trying to raise the level of lowly canines to that of humans. Dogs can be tethered and may be a form of abuse, but is not a form of abuse if there is shade from the sun and fresh water. What is next - keeping chickens in a chicken coop? Keeping a hamster or guinea pig in a cage? Keeping rabbits in a cage? How about keeping dogs in a plastic crate INSIDE the house? To be truthful, when I was a kid, my mom chained our family dog, a german shepherd, outside for periods amounting to about 10 hours a day in the summer, and even though the dog was first raised in the home becoming a "house dog", he did dislike being chained out for long periods of time and I believe that contributed to him becoming more aggressive with house members and people who walked by the house. However, to completely ban this type of existence will result in every dog becoming a house dog and likely make breeds of large dogs less adoptable if they are required to stay inside.
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