We have phenomenally good news for dogs in Hampton, Virginia—one
of the cities that make up the Hampton Roads community surrounding PETA’s
Norfolk headquarters. After about a year of meetings, letters, calls, and
discussions involving PETA, city officials, and concerned citizens, the Hampton
City Council voted unanimously to ban the tethering of dogs!
Life on a Chain Is No
Life at All
Over the years, PETA’s Community Animal Project staff has responded to countless calls for help for chained dogs in Hampton and
has met many who did not survive this cruel practice, including Smokey, a black
pit bull who was left outside during Hurricane Irene and died in the storm; Tupac, another pit who languished on a chain without vet care, had a massive tumor, and
slowly starved; Nigel, a Rottweiler who was kept chained in a disgusting garage
for years while his leg muscles atrophied and his paws eroded from urine burn;
and many, many more.
PETA is grateful to the Hampton councilmembers—who insisted
on a complete ban on tethering instead of halfway measures—and to all the area
residents who helped with this important project, assuring that Hampton’s
animals will no longer lead lives of misery at the end of chains!
What You Can Do
Not only does keeping dogs tied up or chained outside cause
them to suffer, the stress and frustration that they endure can also cause them
to become violent. Tethering bans protect both dogs and the public from harm. Please
work to enact a chaining
ordinance in your community.
Article source: PETA Files