Letter: Nothing good can happen when chaining animals

From: Ashley Rhodes, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Norfolk, Virginia

The border collie in North Vernon that had to be euthanized after reportedly being found chained to a fence with a maggot-infested wound where a collar was cutting into the dog’s skin is another reminder of the dangers of chaining.

The dog reportedly had no food or water, but neglect is just one of the risks that chained dogs face. They are also vulnerable to weather extremes; disease; strangulation when they hang themselves on fences; and cruel humans who shoot, stab, poison, set them on fire and more. Many chained dogs are denied shelter, exercise, veterinary care and what these social pack animals crave most: love and companionship.

Chaining also puts the public at risk. Intense confinement and deprivation can cause chained dogs to become overly territorial and aggressive. They are three times as likely to bite as dogs who are not chained. This incident is also a reminder to always look out for chained dogs and to contact the authorities immediately when you see one in distress.

More than 200 municipalities around the country, including eight in Indiana, have protected dogs and the public by enacting ordinances that ban or restrict tethering. It’s time for the rest of the Hoosier State to join them.