A beautiful & proud species, I'm sure you will all agree.
Yet, tonight I will go with my daughter who will make a formal
presentation to the City Council of Kyle, Texas (a small lovely
little community between Austin & San Marcos) about the
hideousness of chaining dogs. Her goal is to have a new
city ordinance preventing this from happening.
There are 3 such dogs, all German Shepherds in the space
of 1/4 mile on one street permanently chained outside.
And, by permanently I mean 24/7, and for years.
After doing days of research on this subject I've discovered
there are many towns & cities across the country where this
is not allowed. If you are ticketed more than twice it becomes a
felony, not a misdemeanor, with serious jail time for the owner
In Texas we love our animals. All kinds of animals. If it were
up to me I wouldn't allow wild game hunting, either, but I digress.
Research at major universities and the USDA have all released
papers on the cruelty of chaining and the damage it does to the
dogs themselves, as well as to children who are witness to this
For me, I cannot see any reason a person needs to own a dog
if that dog is permanently chained. Everyone knows dogs are
pack animals and must be socialized, with people and with other
dogs and animals.
I went & knocked on the door of one of the pitiful houses
where a German Shepherd was chained. He barked the entire
time I was there, begging me to come to him. The woman said
"she has been on a chain for 5 years." Imagine! I implored her
to allow us to find a safe home for the animal or to aid her in
caring for the dog. She said no. She looks to be an illegal with
small children in the house, but told me the dog belonged to her
eldest daughter who didn't live there any longer. Then she told
me she was a Wiccan. Crazy.
I would love to hear from those of you who believe as we do
that domestic animals must not be chained, left outside no matter
the weather, generally have no human interaction, and are more often
than not, abused.
I will go with my daughter tonight because I feel as she does.
We have taken photographs of these 3 instances.
We have sent emails to the council members, citing all the appropriate laws existing
in other cities & towns in Texas, including Austin, and spoken with the mayor, asking
her support in this matter.
Wish us luck.