Typical dog items – water and food bowls, chains, and dog houses – were scattered on the grassy area in front of Family Video.
But the occupants of the dog houses on the corner of Kirk and Raccoon roads were far from typical. Four women, wearing collars that were attached to chains staked into the ground, sat in front of or laid in the dog houses.
“We’re bringing awareness to dogs that spend their entire life outside, just to try to bring awareness to the fact that it’s not a life to live,” said Carla Touville, a co-founder of Safe at Last Dog Rescue, sponsor of Saturday’s 14-hour event.
Dogs that live chained outside run the risk of hanging themselves on their chains and typically don’t have
access to adequate shelter or food, Touville said.
Most also become aggressive, because of lack of
socialization with people and other pets, she added.
“I think a lot of times people don’t really realize how bad it truly is and they feel that it’s just OK to go ahead and put them outside,”
Touville said. “And it kind of ends their trouble because out-of-sight, out-of-mind.”
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