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What You Should Do if You See a “Dog Chained For Life”
Written by MFOA   
Tuesday, 11 March 2008

10 Ways to Help

1 Know the law regarding “Outside Dogs.”
Although Maine currently allows tethering 24/7, the State does have very specific requirements regarding dogs left outside for more then 12 hours per day. This Law along with other State Animal Welfare laws can be found at: http://

2 Gather Information
Document the neglect and violations of existing law using pictures and written accountings. Keep record of all communications that you have with authorities concerning the dog’s welfare.



Animal Protection Advocates to Demonstrate Against Ringling Brothers Circus and Its Use of Elephants
Written by MFOA   
Friday, 13 October 2006

(Falmouth) ….. Maine animal protection advocates will continue its protest of circuses with captive wildlife. Maine Friends of Animals (MFOA) will demonstrate against the Ringling Brothers Circus that will be in Portland October 12-15. The group has long contended that the use of elephants in circuses is extremely cruel, and they want circuses with wild animals banned in Maine.

Interview with AWP Director Norma Worley
Written by Robert Fisk   
Tuesday, 30 January 2007

What is your background before becoming Maine AWP Director?

Prior to relocating to Maine for “retirement” I was employed by the Ventura County Department of Animal Regulation, located in Camarillo, CA for 21 years.  I started my career as a field animal control officer and over the years rose to the position of Operations Manager.  My responsibilities in that position were to oversee the kennel operation (we received over 15,000 animals a year) the field staff of 14 animal control officers and the administrative staff.

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.

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