ACT: Help abused dogs in Miami, Florida - WRITE
- Please write and forward widely
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Chained dogs bake outside in the intense tropical heat and sun of Miami-Dade County. Imagine how painful it is for a dog when a scorching hot metal chain touches his paws, nose or genitals. Chained dogs are also subject to tropical storm and hurricane force winds. On Jan. 22, 2008, the Miami-Dade County Commission rejected a tethering ordinance that would have established humane conditions for tethering. The ordinance would have required people to be outside when their dogs are chained. Please help the chained dogs of Miami-Dade County by writing to the commissioners of Miami-Dade County.
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Commissioner Seijas has no email. Fax her at 305-375-2011
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Dear County Commissioners:
Miami wants to be known as a glamorous and fun tourist destination. A dog suffering on a chain in the hot tropical sun tarnishes this image. Please approve the tethering ordinance that was proposed Miami-Dade Animal Services, which would have imposed humane conditions for tethering, including requiring people to be outside when their dog is chained. I am shocked that in spite of all the evidence that demonstrates why chaining is cruel and inhumane, often making "vicious monsters" out of otherwise gentle and social animals, Miami-Dade County Commissioners refused to act on this important legislation, which would have restricted this cruel and archaic practice.
Dogs are social animals who instinctively want to be part of a group or pack. Leaving dogs chained outside makes them aggressive. The Center for Disease Control reported that chained dogs are 2.8 times more likely to bite. Dogs who are forced to live at the end of a chain are at risk from the elements: blistering heat, windstorms, rain and lightning. They are also vulnerable to attacks by other animals.
Numerous jurisdictions have enacted tethering ban ordinances because studies show that to do so is not only humane, but it also ultimately protects both dogs and people. I urge you to act at once to enact this ordinance that will improve the lives of so many neglected and abused animals.
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