Written by Jeff Mackey
Sykes—one of the funniest people on the planet, in my opinion—has taken on a very unfunny issue: dogs left chained up
outside. Like fellow Southeastern Virginia native and comedian Patton Oswalt, Wanda has sent letters on PETA's behalf to Newport News and Suffolk city officials, urging them to pass legislation against continuous tethering
similar to ordinances enacted in neighboring towns, including Hampton, Virginia Beach, Smithfield, Sykes'
hometown of Portsmouth, and PETA's hometown of Norfolk.
In her letters, Wanda explains that chained dogs—like the three pit bulls discovered
by PETA cruelty caseworkers in Newport News in December—are often denied adequate shelter and suffer from loneliness,
frustration, and neglect. One of those dogs had already died of starvation, and the two survivors were malnourished
and had no access to food or water (PETA has filed cruelty charges against the
As a mother, Wanda also expresses concern that chained dogs are
more likely to become aggressive than dogs who live indoors with their human
families, as evidenced by the tragic case of a toddler in Suffolk who was mauled to death by his family's chained dogs. Chaining also sends the
dangerous message to children that dogs are disposable objects to be tossed out in the backyard and forgotten when they become inconvenient.
What You Can Do
If chaining is still permitted in your community, please
follow Wanda's example and encourage
your local officials to enact a tethering ban. You can also help by sponsoring a custom doghouse to be built and delivered to provide a dog with relief from extreme weather.
When a PETA staffer found this dog named President Obama two
years ago, he was stuck on a tangled lead in a trash-strewn yard without proper
food, water, shelter, or attention of any kind.
He was fed table scraps by his owner, who would not consider
allowing him indoors. Our staff member visited Obama frequently over the next two years, each time
offering to find him a new home but always getting turned down. So PETA did
what we could to keep the little guy healthy and comfortable, including
providing him with a new
doghouse and neutering him.
Recently, when a snowstorm was approaching, PETA's staffer
took Obama some straw for warmth and found him wet and shivering in the freezing-cold
backyard. But this time, the little tyke's owner finally agreed to let PETA
take him, which just goes to show why it's so important never to give up when a chained dog needs help.) Here is Obama in his wonderful new home with his adopted "sister":
As you can see, Obama has made himself right at home with his
new family—and, just like someone else we know, is taking full advantage of his
Written by Michelle Kretzer
is sweet Diamond before she received a doghouse from PETA:
after, with new digs replete with warm straw, fresh water, a grassy new spot to
lie in, and a lightweight tie-out:
make a dog's day?
Say "Hi" to Tyson, one of the newest recipients of
a custom-built doghouse from PETA, along with lots of straw bedding to help
keep out the cold. As you can see from the "before" picture below, he
desperately needed it. All four (!) of Tyson's previous (flimsy) "shelters"
had broken. But now he has a sturdy, custom-built doghouse for cold, wet winter
nights—and since it's built to last, he can count on it for years to come. Tyson's
family agreed to have him neutered, so PETA will take care of that too.
Of course, we'd much prefer that everyone allow their dogs
indoors—and PETA's Community
Animal Project caseworkers have persuaded many animals' guardians to do just that. But since some
people refuse—and since
many localities still don't
prohibit chaining dogs—PETA
builds and delivers hundreds of rugged doghouses each year to provide dogs with
protection from snow, wind, and rain.
In the winter, PETA also gives
away free bales of straw for cold dogs forced to live outdoors in the
Hampton Roads area in Virginia.
You can change a life like Tyson's. If you know of any "outdoor
dogs," try to persuade
their guardians to allow them indoors. Encourage your city or county legislators to ban chaining. And if you can, sponsor a
doghouse so that one more dog will have a refuge from the cold.
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