The discovery of a horribly injured dog in Tennessee prompted an angry post against tethering by the Friends of Hartsville, TN Animal Shelter Facebook page. The photos accompanying the social media post speak volumes about the awful suffering a dog endured while living on a tether.
The angry post
Monday’s Facebook post reads:
Tethering/chaining dogs should be banned!
Not only do they suffer neglect living a life of solitary, they are prey to other animals and cannot get away if/when attacked. They are often injured by their chains, tethers and collars.
They live in misery 24/7: heat, flies, fleas & ticks, often no water or shade during the hot months.
They are freezing cold, rained/snowed on, frozen water bowl, sleeping in mud or puddles in the cold months.
This is just awful, heartbreaking and unacceptable!
They are not “just a dog”…they are living, breathing animals who are very social and require love, attention, exercise, positive training, socialization, vetting, clean water, good food and a warm, dry cozy place to sleep.
DOGS ARE FAMILY NOT LIVESTOCK!!!
Imagine the emotional pain that a dog endures while living outside on the end of a chain…the loneliness and isolation. The discomfort endured as the days become miserably hot in the summer and bitterly cold in the winter. The misery when the wind blows and the rain pours…and back again to the one thing that likely hurts dogs the most – the sadness from being alone.
If you don’t intent to make your dog part of your family – don’t get a dog. Get a pet rock.
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