Dog Rights Organization Seeking Support
Letter to the Editor
Dogs Deserve Better, a nonprofit organization working to get dogs off chains and into the family, is extremely enthusiastic about the new anti-chain laws passed in Wichita Kansas and Palm Beach County Florida.
The Wichita Kansas law states that dogs may be "picketed" for three one-hour periods a day, separated by three hours. Violators could face fines of $500. The Palm Beach County Law states that dogs may not be left outside between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. year-round. After a written warning for the first misstep, violators face a $91 fine, then a $166 fine, and a $500 fine and court appearance for the fourth offense, at which point a judge may decide to dole out a harsher punishment. Dogs Deserve Better applauds all those who stood up and worked hard to change these laws!
In Wichita, Paul Gray, the only council member to vote against the new laws, said he keeps a "well-mannered" pit bull tied on a chain at a construction site. Because the dog is large, "can chew through a chain-link fence" and is too old to house-train, "I don't have the option of taking this dog inside,"he said. Tammy Sneath Grimes, founder and president of Dogs Deserve Better, disagrees. "I housetrain dogs all the time who are old and have been chained or penned outside their whole lives. It typically takes me anywhere from two days to two weeks to have them completely housetrained, vetted, and spayed/neutered. Dogs of this age are very smart, very willing to please, and happy to be inside with the pack. They are also calmer and more willing to listen. I believe strongly that if this pit bull is as well-mannered as Mr. Gray says he is, he would be no problem to housetrain." "We would love the opportunity to work with Mr. Gray and his dog. We will even foster the dog, housetrain him, and give him back to Mr. Gray when he is thoroughly trained if Mr. Gray would agree to that."
Dogs Deserve Better does this for others wishing their dogs to have a better life. They offer housetraining help and services, education, both community and on a one-on-one basis, and even foster and adoption when necessary. They encourage others to take a stand to change legislation in their area, until there are no dogs living chained or penned outside for life.
Tammy Sneath Grimes, Founder
Dogs Deserve Better