I am writing about an issue that has gone unaddressed for too long — that of the perpetually chained or penned, so-called “outside” or “backyard” dog.
What a sad sight! These forgotten animals, relegated to the status of lawn ornaments, are ignored by the family. It happens all over Lee and Dougherty counties.
Many chained or penned dogs are seriously neglected. They lack fresh water and food, adequate shelter and shade, hygiene, needed exercise, veterinary care and socialization. It’s inhumane.
We all know about the the link between animal abuse and neglect with the perpetration of future crimes.
Any excuse for having an outside dog is a poor excuse in my mind and heart. You don’t have to be a dog lover to know that these highly intelligent, innocent and beautiful creatures deserve better.
I urge you to bring your pets inside for the majority of their lives — and definitely on these nights when the temperature dips below freezing!