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Florida pet sitter fights for tethered dogs

by Therese on June 24, 2007

in Animals in the News, Pet Health, Pets

bettyrammon.jpgBetty Rammon, an Orange Park, Florida pet sitter is working on behalf of pets who live most of their lives on chains.

From the Florida Times-Union

Moved by the plight of dogs left tied outside in the Florida heat, the Orange Park pet sitter has phoned owners unmoved by her requests to treat the animals better.

Now she’s calling on the Clay County Commission, asking for an ordinance that would outlaw leaving pets endlessly tethered.

“You don’t tie your friends to a tree,” said the owner of six dogs. “It’s not a normal behavior for them. They’re pack animals. They want to be with you.”

Rammon’s petition for a change will go before the commission at its meeting Tuesday.

Read the entire story here.

It’s not all that uncommon to hear about dogs who die or are seized in poor health because of the neglect that comes along with keeping them chained. I’m not saying chaining a dog always leads to neglect, but it’s certainly not uncommon. Earlier this month, in Bastrop, Texas, officials seized 13 dogs that lived their lives on chains. The seizure included taking away dead dogs as well as dogs that were barely alive. And, a dog in Florida, as well as some others in Texas who normally lived on chains were all left behind when their people moved away. Stories like this are a dime a dozen…and you can bet not all of them make it into the news.

People who chain their dogs have a totally different mentality than those of us who open our arms and homes to them. It’s something I don’t really understand but I really wish I did – then I might be able to come up with a way to get it through their heads that chaining dogs is not a good thing!

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David Rowe June 30, 2007 at 10:38 am

I think its rediculous to try to pass a law telling people what they can and cant do with THEIR dogs. If a dog has a proper chain out it is MORE than comfortable. They have shelter, shade, food and water. Most are on a 10 foot chain which gives them 20 feet of running room. Thats more than enough to get the exercise they need to stay in good shape. I guarantee 99% of dogs on chains will live longer than dogs who sit inside in the AC getting fat and not exercising at all. Alot of the dogs on chains are WORKING dogs. The chain is all they’ve ever known, so how can you say its cruel? They have shelter, and shade. Are you saying all dogs should be allowed to live indoors with people? Thats just not going to happen no matter what you try to petition. We will fight this, I promise you that.

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Tammy S. Grimes August 3, 2007 at 7:33 pm

Betty, thank you so much for fighting for the rights of dogs to live free of chains! Bravo to you.

David, I know a farm dog who is a genuine ‘working dog’…and guess where that dog is? Out with the farmer all day running in the field or riding on the tractor…and guess where that dog is at night? Sleeping in the house with the farmer. That, my friend, is a true working dog. A happy, well-loved, working dog. Calling a dog a working dog and letting it live 24/7 on the end of a chain is just an excuse to not do the right thing. We will win, we will fight, and we will get better laws for man’s best friend. For help for a chained dog living near your, please visit our website at http://www.dogsdeservebetter.org

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Therese August 3, 2007 at 11:05 pm

Tammy, thanks for stopping by! And more importantly, thank you for all the work you do on behalf of so many dogs!!

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