NEW GLASGOW – Approximately 100 people gathered on Saturday to show their support for proposed legislation by the provincial government that would forbid tethering a dog outside for more than 12 hours.
John Como holds his dog, Roxy, during an anti-tethering event in New Glasgow. Sue Swinmer is pictured to the right.
Angie Findlay brought her dog, Beau, to the in New Glasgow.
“(I came) to support the dogs that don’t have any voice.”
She says she also joined in simply because she loves dogs.
She has three, including Beau, who she adopted in August off of Kijiji.
Beau, a one-year-old Maremma Sheepdog-German Shepherd mix, was just one of the dogs facing the cold to raise awareness about tethering.
Joan Sinden, founder of No Chains All Love, was one of the human participants.
“I’m here today to support the organizers of the march.”
Sinden, from Halifax, started her organization in June 2013 as part of People For Dogs.
She notes that PFD focuses on the advocacy aspect while NCAL does rescues.
No Chains All Love finds homes for previously chained dogs.
They don’t steal dogs from owners. They only take dogs that have been relinquished to them, their website says.
When they rescue a dog, they also take their doghouses to ensure the tied pet isn’t replaced by another.
They also hope to change the perception that previously chained dogs have behavior problems.
“Statistics say that a chained dog is 2.8 times more likely to bite than an unchained dog, but if you unchain that same dog, that statistic evaporates. He is no more likely to continue to bite than any other dog once he is removed from that environment,” their website says.
They’ve found new homes for a number of dogs from Pictou County.
Sinden has been involved in dog rescue for 10 years through different organizations.
She also writes a blog about her views.
Sinden has ideas about how law enforcement can deal with animals being mistreated.
She suggests a law that would make it so people can’t walk away from a dog in distress.
“I’m not interested in anti-tethering because I don’t know how it could be enforced.”
She explains that it’s not feasible for police to watch over a particular home to make sure they don’t have a dog tied outside for more than 12 hours.
Allowing police to seize animals that are clearly in trouble would be a better option, she says.
She also suggests legislation that would forbid dog owners from keeping their pets outside in certain weather conditions.
She used Saturday’s -15 degree wind chill and sweltering summer days as an example.
Similar anti-tethering events have been held across the province recently, including Halifax, which was attended by hundreds.