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Tuesday, 25 September 2018

10 Ways You Can Help the 'Dogs Chained For Life' Campaign
Written by MFOA   
Sunday, 04 June 2006

1. Enforce Existing Law - Make a copy of the State standards (see page 2 of this flyer) for dogs left outside and send them to your local Animal Control Officer (ACO). Keep a copy in your car to refer to. 

2. Educate Dog Owners - Call or email MFOA for a door hanger and scripted letter that politely educates the owner of a ‘Dog Chained for Life’.  

3. Contact Your Animal Control Officer - If the above does not help, notify your ACO of any names and addresses where the State standards are not being met. A picture or video will assist your case.  Follow-up with ACO to verify that action was taken. 

4. Contact Local Animal Welfare Organizations - If neither of the above works, contact MFOA and the Animal Welfare Program at 287-3846. 

5. Document the Neglect - MFOA is building a case to go back to the legislature for further standards including time off the tether. We need evidence to show legislators. Please look for ‘Dogs Chained for Life’ and send MFOA the name and address for the dog; and any action taken. Pictures would be very helpful.  

6. Promote Alternatives to Tethering  -  a. Promote fencing as an alternative to tethering.  Best friend fence ( is visually appealing, very strong pet fence that safely keeps the dog within a designated area without the use of electric wires or unattractive and costly fencing.   b. Ask the owner to give up the dog.  Contact MFOA for a list of area rescues and shelters that may be able to help re-home the dog if released. 

7. Educate your Community - Assist the MFOA ‘Dogs Chained for Life’ education program. Post MFOA educational flyer at local veterinarians, libraries, pet stores, and community bulletin boards. Contact your MFOA District Coordinator about tabling at a local event, community function, political gathering, or country fair. 

8. Contribute Financially to MFOA’s ‘Dogs Chained for Life ‘campaign.  Find out more.

9. Write a letter to your local newspaper about the plight of ‘Dogs Chained for Life’. 

10. Make a Promise  - Free one ‘Dog Chained for Life’ in 2006. Please let us know of any unchained dog you were responsible for, which will be listed in our next newsletter.


L.D. 204, “An Act to Protect Dogs That Are Left Outside” Public Law, Chapter 340.  

This bill establishes tethering and shelter standards specific to dogs that are confined outside on tethers for long periods as its primary means of confinement. Primary means of confinement means the method used to confine a dog for periods of time that exceeds 12 hours in a 24-hour period. 

Shelter Standards 

If a dog is tied or confined unattended outdoors under weather conditions that adversely affect the health of the dog, a shelter of suitable size with a floor above ground and water proof roof must be provided to accommodate the dog and protect it from the weather and, in particular, from the severe cold. Inadequate shelter may be indicated by the shivering of the dog due to cold weather for a continuous period of 30 minutes. 

A shelter must be provided that is fully enclosed (four-sided; was three sided) except for a portal.   The portal must be sufficient size to allow the dog unimpeded passage into and out of the structure. For dogs other than artic breeds, the portal must be constructed in a manner that keeps wind and precipitation out of the interior.

The shelter must have clean bedding material sufficient to retain the dog’s normal body heat. 

Chain/Tether Standards 

The chain or tether must be attached to both the dog and the anchor using swivels or similar devices that prevents the chain or tether from becoming entangled or twisted. 

The chain or tether must be attached to a well-fitted collar or harness on the dog.   The chain or tether must be at least 5 times the length of the dog measured from the tip of the nose to the base of the tail. 2.5 times for artic breeds (Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Huskies, Malamutes). 

4013, “Necessary Sustenance” Public Law, Chapter 739   

No person owning or responsible for confining or impounding any animal may fail to supply the animal with a sufficient supply of food and water as prescribed in this section. 

Food. The food shall be of sufficient quantity and quality to maintain all animals in good health.

Water. If potable water is not accessible to the animal at all times, it must be provided daily and in sufficient quantity for the health of the animal. Snow or ice is not an adequate water source.


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