Michigan laws say that the dogs can be tethered 24/7 and a dog house is sufficent. We are currently working very hard to change those laws here to emulate the laws that many cities around Detroit have enacted. These laws state that tethering for any more that 3 hours will be illegial. According to the Humane Society of the United States, The reason tethering is inhumane is as follows- "Dogs are naturally social beings who need interaction with humans and/or other animals. Intensive confinement or long-term restraint can severely damage their physical and psychological well-being. An otherwise friendly and docile dog, when kept continuously chained or intensively confined in any way, becomes neurotic, unhappy, anxious and often aggressive.It is common for continuously tethered dogs to endure physical ailments as a result of being continuously tethered. Their necks can become raw and sore, and their collars can painfully grow into their skin. They are vulnerable to insect bites and parasites, and are at high risk of entanglement, strangulation, and harassment or attacks by other dogs or people.
Tethered dogs may also suffer from irregular feedings, overturned water bowls, inadequate veterinary care and extreme temperatures. During snow storms, these dogs often have no access to shelter. During periods of extreme heat, they may not receive adequate water or protection from the sun. Owners who chain their dogs are less likely to clean the area of confinement, causing the dogs to eat and sleep in an area contaminated with urine and feces. What's more, because their often neurotic behavior makes them difficult to approach, chained dogs are rarely given even minimal affection. Tethered dogs may become "part of the scenery" and can be easily ignored by their owners.
This is where we need your help. We would like to continue to do this outreach in Jackson and surrounding areas, however sadly it does take money to do this. Some of the dogs need vetting and money to foster, straw, food, vaccinations,food bowls, tarps to make flaps for doors and to place over inadequate roofs on dog houses, dog bones, coats, vetting for frostbite, gas to drive to many different areas transporting dogs, cats and whatever else crosses our path.
We have a facebook page so that anybody can see what we are doing, and the many lives we are saving or making more bearable during Michigan winter. We are very proud of the lives we have helped over the past few weeks.
Without you, this is something we will not be able to continue to do. I have found that doing outreach and animal rescue is a full time job already on top of what we already do, as well as being mothers and wives. Bottom line, we need you! Please go to our facebook page and see what we are doing. Please consider donating so that we can help many more helpless animals. Thank you!
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