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    Pot Scrubber
    Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:04 am
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    I'm not sure what to do. A few weeks ago I noticed a little Pit Bull puppy tethered to VERY short chain leash while walking my dogs down a nearby alley. The leash is only maybe 5 feet long... and only long enough for him to get inside his dog house and have access to his food and water.

    The poor pup is craving attention but his leash isn't even long enough for him to get to the fence so I can pet him. It is breaking my heart to see him so neglected.

    He looks healthy and well fed... and his small space is always clean of dog poop so he is not walking around in his own waste... someone is looking out for him so I don't understand why he is tethered to a pole on such a small leash? The backyard is enclosed by a chain link fence so I don't know why the puppy just cant run free?

    Maybe the pup is allowed to run around at times of the day when I am not walking my dogs down the alley but I get a creepy feeling that dog is always chained on that very short leash.


    Last edited by Pot Scrubber on Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:52 pm, edited 1 time in total
    Krislady
    Thu Feb 14, 2013 6:26 am
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    Poor thing. icon_sad.gif

    I wonder if you'd be able look up the owners to suggest a play date?

    Hey, I noticed there's a new pup in the neighborhood - congratulations! Can she come over an play with my beasties some time?"

    Might at least open a dialogue. . .

    That's all I've got. icon_confused.gif
    Connie Lea
    Thu Feb 14, 2013 9:38 am
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    Good idea Kris. I so hate seeing a dog tied, but I guess sometimes you have no choice, but don't understand why they can't let that little guy have a little more freedom of movement.
    K9 Owned
    Thu Feb 14, 2013 9:43 am
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    Having rescued a dog that had been tied/chained (albeit a longer chain) I absolutely abhor this stuff. They can take a sweet puppy and turn it into Cujo or cause all sorts of behavioural issues.

    They are looking after his physical health it seems but not his mental health. I have no idea how you can approach them other than as Kris says - start a dialogue and offer to let the pup play with your guys. The size disparity might be an issue though. icon_sad.gif
    Saralaya
    Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:44 pm
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    Pot Scrubber wrote:
    I'm not sure what to do. A few weeks ago I noticed a little Pit Bull puppy tethered to VERY short chain leash while walking my dogs down a nearby alley. The leash is only maybe 5 feet long... and only long enough for him to get inside his dog house and have access to his food and water.

    The poor pup is craving attention but his leash isn't even long enough for him to get to the fence so I can pet him. It is breaking my heart to see him so neglected.

    He looks healthy and well fed... and his small space is always clean of dog poop so he is not walking around in his own waste... someone is looking out for him so I don't understand why he is tethered to a pole on such a small leash? The backyard is enclosed by a chain link fence so I don't know why the puppy just cant run free?

    Maybe the pup is allowed to run around at times of the day when I am not walking my dogs down the alley but I get a creepy feeling that dog is always chained on that very short leash.


    Hmmm I tried posting a reply here but apparently food.com did not want it to appear! I said you could try calling the Animal Welfare people and just ask if they can check on the puppy to make sure it's OK. Apparently many people think it's perfectly fine to keep a dog chained up, especially in the deep South...I just saw an article posted on fb about it..... I can't stand to see it either, no matter how clean and well fed the puppy is it's just not healthy...... tough call my friend.... icon_sad.gif
    Pot Scrubber
    Thu Feb 14, 2013 8:09 pm
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    For now... I am just gonna watch the dog closely over the next few weeks and see what happens.

    I can't really approach the people and ask for a play day because we have a language barrier. I don't speak Spanish.

    The pup is very young... about 10 weeks old and approximately the size of a Cocker Spaniel. Their yard is scattered with assorted construction debris, unkempt, and their chain link fenced yard is not really in great shape. Maybe there are holes or breaches in their fence that they worry a puppy could slip through so they are keeping him tied until he gets bigger. I don't know... I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt for now but the first time I see any indication of him not having proper food or water or shelter I will call Animal Welfare.

    If in a few weeks he is still tied to that chain I will call them, anyway. That just ain't right.

    That poor dog is sooo craving attention. He makes this pitiful whimpering sound when I walk by with my dogs. He sooo much wants to play like all puppies do. It breaks my heart and makes me wonder if I should maybe not walk my dogs by and get him upset and sad; but discreetly go check on him by myself.

    Mean people suck. I'll keep a close eye on him for the next few weeks and make a judgement call.
    Connie Lea
    Thu Feb 14, 2013 9:03 pm
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    Pot Scrubber wrote:
    For now... I am just gonna watch the dog closely over the next few weeks and see what happens.

    I can't really approach the people and ask for a play day because we have a language barrier. I don't speak Spanish.

    The pup is very young... about 10 weeks old and approximately the size of a Cocker Spaniel. Their yard is scattered with assorted construction debris, unkempt, and their chain link fenced yard is not really in great shape. Maybe there are holes or breaches in their fence that they worry a puppy could slip through so they are keeping him tied until he gets bigger. I don't know... I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt for now but the first time I see any indication of him not having proper food or water or shelter I will call Animal Welfare.

    If in a few weeks he is still tied to that chain I will call them, anyway. That just ain't right.

    That poor dog is sooo craving attention. He makes this pitiful whimpering sound when I walk by with my dogs. He sooo much wants to play like all puppies do. It breaks my heart and makes me wonder if I should maybe not walk my dogs by and get him upset and sad; but discreetly go check on him by myself.

    Mean people suck. I'll keep a close eye on him for the next few weeks and make a judgement call.
    Good for you Potsie, You are a sweetie.
    Pot Scrubber
    Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:50 pm
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    I couldn't stand by and not do anything any longer. I did some research of local city pet code ordinances and dogs cannot be tied to a restraint less than 20 feet long. I called Animal Welfare anonymously for four days in a row, and today got a small victory. The dog is now tied to a much longer chain.

    He is romping around as best he can on such a short tether but it still ain't enough... he needs to run. But it does my heart good to know things are much better for him. He is playing with the other pups on the property and his little stubby tail is wagging viciously! He is a much happier pup.

    I guess I will never know why the poor guy is tied up and the other dogs get a free run of the very spacious back yard.

    Grrr. If you just want a lawn ornament get a damn garden gnome statue instead of a puppy. Mean people suck.
    K9 Owned
    Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:57 pm
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    Pot Scrubber wrote:
    I couldn't stand by and not do anything any longer. I did some research of local city pet code ordinances and dogs cannot be tied to a restraint less than 20 feet long. I called Animal Welfare anonymously for four days in a row, and today got a small victory. The dog is now tied to a much longer chain.

    He is romping around as best he can on such a short tether but it still ain't enough... he needs to run. But it does my heart good to know things are much better for him. He is playing with the other pups on the property and his little stubby tail is wagging viciously! He is a much happier pup.

    I guess I will never know why the poor guy is tied up and the other dogs get a free run of the very spacious back yard.

    Grrr. If you just want a lawn ornament get a damn garden gnome statue instead of a puppy. Mean people suck.

    Totally agree with you about tethered dogs. We have one that was and it did leave scars.
    Kudos to you for giving that pup an improved quality of life albeit not one you or I would consider great. grouphug.gif
    Saralaya
    Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:13 pm
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    WTG Potsie!

    (Did you see the message I sent you on fb about the organization that works with chained dogs?)
    Krislady
    Fri Mar 29, 2013 6:28 am
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    So there are other dogs in the enclosure, and this is the only one chained? How bizarre. icon_confused.gif

    I wonder if, as you suggested, there's some sort of danger or somewhere that Puppalini could get out. Or maybe he's an escape artist - when I was a little girl, there was a guy in the neighborhood who had a dog that would not stay contained - it jumped over, dug under, slipped its collar, even climbed fences.

    I can't tell you how many times we ran into this poor guy wandering the neighborhood searching for his dog.

    But good for you, at least doing what you could. And who knows, maybe another opportunity will present itself.
    Pot Scrubber
    Fri Mar 29, 2013 7:43 pm
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    Saralaya wrote:
    WTG Potsie!

    (Did you see the message I sent you on fb about the organization that works with chained dogs?)

    Yep I got it, thanks! Those ASPCA public service announcements of chained dogs are so sad. icon_sad.gif

    The City of Dallas has a 311 animal abuse emergency number so I just kept calling and bitching until I became an annoying nuisance that they wanted to go away. I'm sweet like that.

    I walked by Chain's (that's what I call him in my mind) backyard this afternoon to check on him and he was playing and having fun with the other dogs instead of just sitting there looking listless and sad and pitiful. I walked back by three hours later and he was taking a nap beside one of his buddy dogs.

    He's sooo much happier than he was two days ago.
    Stella Mae
    Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:19 pm
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    I know this is the end of the dialogue, but I just happened into the forum. I know how you feel about seeing animals tied up. When I was in Japan, there was a dog next door on about a 4' chain. No lie. It was no longer than that, and the poor thing couldn't run or play. All he did was exist.

    That dog lived on that chain all his life, in the humid heat of summer and bitter cold of winter. He'd start barking in the evening because he was hungry, and he'd not stop until his owner fed him around 10 p.m. My friend said that all he had to look forward to was food. When he got sick, I heard him coughing and hacking and he was never taken inside the house. He was simply a lawn ornament. Mercifully, he died.

    There was no humane society in my city in those days, and animals suffered abuse -- it has probably changed since then, because overall most people are lovely and kind, and certainly not everyone is so cold-hearted toward animals. (Of course, dogs are eaten in China!) There is a different attitude about animals in many parts of the world, and you'll find cruel people everywhere. Animal rights and the rights of children and the elderly are vitally important. This problem may not be common now like it was when I lived overseas. I do believe that as people become better educated they can advocate for those that are weaker.
    Leggy Peggy
    Wed Apr 03, 2013 5:01 pm
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    Just saw this. Potsie, you are a hero! Keep us posted if things change or,
    better still, improve even more for little Chains.
    Pot Scrubber
    Wed Apr 03, 2013 7:28 pm
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    Leggy Peggy wrote:
    Just saw this. Potsie, you are a hero! Keep us posted if things change or,
    better still, improve even more for little Chains.

    I don't expect things will get much better for Chain, but I am his advocate "watchdog", and I will make damn sure things don't get worse.

    Maybe Krislady is right, and he is a Houdini escape artist and they don't want him to get loose. I never thought about that scenario. But... chaining him up is not the solution. He needs to be rehomed while he is still a puppy and has a potential to live a better life with a family that can give him more supervision and training.

    I doubt that life for Chain will ever get any better. But... I'll be watching. I have a kinship with that dog even though I have never petted him. I'm looking out for him.
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