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Letter to the editor
Chaining dogs is just wrong
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Forsyth County News
Fortunately the people that wrote in your [letters to the editor, 03-08-09] concerning the chaining of dogs, are either lucky or just blind. They have not witnessed a dog chained by the neck 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, some of the dogs with no shelter or water, as the chain turns over the water bowl.

The feces that are close by are picked up once a week if they are lucky.  They get no playtime, no walk time, and no interaction with people or other dogs.

It has been proven that a dog that is chained is likely to be more aggressive and vicious. Then when a child wanders into a yard, even after being told not to go where a dog is being chained, and this child gets attacked and bitten, we want to blame the dog and to have the dog put to sleep.

We should be blaming the parent(s) for not making the child mind and for not watching their child to ensure the child’s safety.

I do not know which veterinarian you talked to that said it is OK to chain dogs like this, but I am so grateful that I do not go to that veterinarian. As far as the single mom goes, I truly sympathize with her reference to chaining her dog, however, there are organizations in the county that would build a pen or put up a fence just because they care about the well being of a dog and their quality of life.

If you have been watching the news lately, you will have noticed that several of the surrounding counties are putting ordinances in place against the chaining of dogs. These counties have seen and recognized the dangers in chaining dogs. The dangers are to people and to the animals.

So please Forsyth County commissioners, especially you, Brian Tam, get in your car and drive around the county and just see what is happening to man’s best friend. You should and will find that this is a horrible situation for any dog! Why should Forsyth County be the last to recognize this ongoing problem — a problem, which seems to be getting larger and out of control. Chain your doors; not your dog.

Nancy K. Gibson