portland independent media center  
images audio video
newswire article reporting portland metro

animal rights

Chained dogs

My friend asked me to take a look at this puppy chained in her neighbors yards. Its conditions were horrible and no one would do anything to help it. We called Animal controll and other services multiple times and finally we took the dog.
A friend of mine lives with her mother and step father in a condo near Scott park. About three months ago her neighbors got a young, maybe six month old pit bull- Labrador mix. Both breeds I have known to be friendly, but I'm well aware that the owners shape a dog, like parents shape their children. These people had no contact with the puppy, they put it in a small dog run, meant for a much smaller breed. Because it had food and water animal control paid no attention to the it, despite the fact that it lived in its own waste and never got out of the cage. After a month it began to cry. It cried 24/7 and after two complaints and threats to report the noise the people tied a wire around the puppies mouth to keep it from crying. We saw this as another opportunity to call the spca or Animal control, but once again they came out and warned them, the owners changed to rope instead,but they never came out to check on the dog again. After two months it seemed that the dog, just a puppy was showing signs of being traumatized. It paced endlessly and snarled at anything that got near its cage. I began to make friends with the puppy by tossing it milk bones from over the fence and sitting near the fence so it wouldn't snarl at me anymore. Then a few weeks ago my cousin saw the dog and said he would help me to rescue it. He jumped the fence and unlocked the dogs cage, took off its rope muzzle and put it on a leash and took it out through the front gate. I now own the dog, she has been spayed and is a very happy go lucky puppy, although she has scars on her nose from the rope and wire. I've began rehabilitating her and she is now very friendly to other dogs and people. We named her Sparrow and she is a wonderful dog. My friend says her neighbors hardly noticed it was missing and don't at all care, they think she just got out that night. When no one does anything for an animal as in need as my new wonderful friend was, I felt as if I had to do something and now I have a wonderful new family member. Chained dogs are caused mostly by over breeding and dogs left alone, without any contact are the most dangerous to anybody. Breed aside, a lonely dog is not a dog at all, it is a wild animal who has no understanding of humans or love. I do not think that a safe law abiding home for a dog should just be based around food, water and shelter.
thank you 29.Dec.2006 06:06

kilimanjaro kilimanjaro@icerocket.com

Thank you for caring Lor

chained 29.Dec.2006 06:51

friend

You did the right thing by taking the dog out of misery. Every time I hear or read a story like this it's it confirms even more that we need to speak out for the animals, They have no voice. Their communication is through body gestures and sound. It ..sounds like the puppy was trying to communicate but no one would listen but you.I'm sure she loves and appreciates you more than anyone will ever know. She knows how bad it was but how good it can be.
Thanks for your kindness! "ANIMALS DESERVE BETTER""
and as far as animal control is concerned, it's not surprising. We are led to believe these state and county agencies are for the good of a society...but they aren't. We pay taxes to employ people to over see situations like this but when it comes down to it,someone is filling their pockets with cash. I've reported situations as well and they have done nothing. I know that "vector" will or use to, come out if there was alot of feces. That is a general health issue for everyone.We need more people like you, Lor, to take notice of what goes on around us. It's sad that out of the intire neighborhood, you were the only one who would help.....because "ANIMALS SUFFER IN SILENCE".

Good job Lor! 29.Dec.2006 08:34

--

You and others who have acted bravely and compassionately embody what this holiday (whichever) season should mean.

With ever more frequency, may the sane spirit animate the hearts and hands of the living.

Good for you! 29.Dec.2006 09:05

AmyVVV

You did the right thing. You called the authorities first, but when they didn't take action, you took the matter into your own hands. I commend you. I would have done the same thing. Animal cruelty and neglect disturbs me more than any other issue. Good job! Enjoy your grateful new companion.

WOW.....someone who actually cares! 29.Dec.2006 10:26

thisisme

Nice job!!! Owners were ignorant and unfeeling. I would've done the same thing were it I. Thank you Lor for caring.

Bless you. 29.Dec.2006 10:32

Matilda

Yes, you did well.

A few years ago, my neighbor had a big, old, husky-mix that they kept roped to a stump in their back yard. It was horrifying. They had another, smaller and younger dog that ran around freely, but this old girl was just tied to that tree. I asked my neighbor why. She said that Tara (not her real name) could get out of the yard if they did not have her roped off like that. She would come out and play with the puppy once in awhile, but not Tara. It was really sad, and I could hardly stand it. I kept thinking that one night, I would sneak over there and liberate that dog. I just needed to find somewhere to take her, and also to get over my fear of actually doing it.

Time dragged on, with me continuing to tell myself I would do something ...some day. And then one day, my neighbor got a new boyfriend, who came over and let Tara off her rope! She was so freaking happy! She bounded around their yard, looking years younger. And I was so happy. What a relief! She's finally free, even though I had never found the courage to do anything for her.

About a month later, the boyfriend went away, and my neighbor tied Tara back to the tree. I looked over there to see her drooping and listless as the rope went around her neck. That night, she died.

I berated myself for not having done something. And then, I promised myself that I would never allow that to happen again. If an animal was being wronged like that, I would do something, whether I was afraid or not. And so I have. And I share this story with you as my way of telling you that you probably saved a life, that you did the right thing, and that you need not ever let anyone tell you it was not the right thing. Thank God you rescued the dog. No dog should be on a chain.

Thank you Lor 29.Dec.2006 14:06

Madam Hatter

Thank you Lor. The world needs more kind, brave, compassionate souls such as yours. I'm sure Sparrow will return your love and devotion. Happy holidays!

awesome story 29.Dec.2006 15:10

CaptainPlanet

I'm so glad you had a take-charge attitude about the situation. So rare in today's society.

I was happy to have found a home for a puppy a few years ago who had disliked his situation enough that he chewed through the metal cable attaching him. A person who worked (and still does) at People's Co-op was happy to take this charming dog, she had been considering getting a dog at the time. I felt much better about it than dumping the dog off at a Humane Society office where he might have been put down due to lack of adoption.

Thanks for a Happy Ending 29.Dec.2006 23:44

anon

Thank you for saving her.

Bless you 30.Dec.2006 08:13

--

Bless you for making that animal's life worthwhile Maybe people need educating about what happens to dogs on chains. I know someone who left her husband. Her put her dog on a chain, and when she returned, she found the dog "unmanageable," so she gave it up to a breed rescue. She seemed surprised that the dog's personality had changed so much after being tied up for three months.

You make an excellent point in saying that having food and shelter is not a sufficient definition of an appropriate home. I know where there are 18 dogs who have igloos and water buckets that fill with rain. Presumably they are fed, but the owner lives at least 20 miles from the animals. Unfortunately, there's no law saying an owner must live with his/her "pet."

from the UK 31.Dec.2006 12:44

Keith Harris

As you will know, here in the UK we are considered "animal lovers".
Last week ago I learned that my friend's tom cat had suffered injuries to an eye after getting into a scrap with another cat. Following the fight he went missing for three days and when he eventually returned the damaged eye had turned septic and was in a nasty state.

My friend turned to the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals) and was staggered to hear that they required UK£1000 to carry out an operation to remove the eye and a further £280 a day to keep the animal hospitalised for up to three days.

His girlfriend told me that she told the RSPCA that they could move into the Ritz Hotel in London and take the cat with them and it would be cheaper.

THE RSPCA refused to do anything without the money and said all that they would do would be put the animal down, and that they also wanted £180 to do that.

In depair, my friend turned to the PDSA (Peoples' Dispensary for Sick Animals) who wanted £380 for the operation but on learning that my friend did not have sufficient money, they performed the operation for free and also provided the aftercourse of medication necessary for the animal to fully recover.

Happily to say, the cat, named Woosh, is now doing fine and getting used to having just one eye.


Reincarnation 03.Jan.2007 10:34

Be Kind To Animals

I would like to think that upon death, humans come back as animals in their next life. So, treat all animals with kindness since you may be someone's pet next time around.

social justice for all...even our four legged friends 07.Jan.2007 00:21

Jimmy

Theft is a seldom talked about tool in the fight for social justice. Pits can be great pets. I wish you and your puppy loads of happiness.