Thousands of dogs spend everyday chained to trees or poles in backyards across the nation. Some have no shade. Others cannot reach their food or water bowls, and all are denied the chance to move around.
As a part of the national Dogs Deserve Better campaign, several local humane animal groups will be chaining themselves to a giant doghouse at Bumpus Harley-Davidson this Sunday to encourage irresponsible dog owners to unchain their pets.
Communities across the nation are beginning to ban tethering and chaining of dogs. At a recent Memphis City Council meeting, member E.C. Jones raised the issue in response to a pit bull attack. City public services director Keenon McCloy said a committee is reviewing the possibility of outlawing tethering, which she said, makes dogs more aggressive.
The event is sponsored by The Animal World newspaper, St. Francis Animal Rescue Refuge, and Rainbow Ridge Pet Rescue.