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Sunday, 19 August 2018

“Dogs Chained for Life” Campaign Update
Written by MFOA   
Tuesday, 11 March 2008

In March of 2005, MFOA successfully passed legislation that addressed dogs being left outside on a continual basis. It required increased specifications to protect dogs that are left outside, and, at that time, was a first-in-the nation legislation.

With that legislative success, MFOA decided to continue the “Dogs Chained for Life” campaign, which has also been featured in our 2006 and 2007 newsletters, and to submit subsequent legislation that included a requirement that the dog be taken off tether each day for three hours.

The follow-up bill failed, in part because the Maine Municipal Association lobbied against it because of concerns for the additional work incurred by the Animal Control Officers. However, by law each municipality must have someone to oversee animal control and be responsible in responding to cases of abuse and cruelty.

Perhaps the most pervasive form of animal cruelty is these lonely and abandoned dogs, especially with our severe Maine winters. It is, therefore, our responsibility to keep the heat to the feet of the municipalities to make sure they do what is required by statute.

The follow-up strategy is to focus more on the enforcement and adjudication of the existing laws. Maine has some of the best animal welfare laws in the nation and with the initial “Dogs Chained for Life” bill there is more than enough for authorities to take action. MFOA is working more closely with local Animal Control Officers and the Animal Welfare Program on reporting and following-up on cases that need attention and this is where MFOA members come in.

You are the eyes and ears in finding these poor forgotten animals. Please call the MFOA office and report any abuse case and we will make sure action is taken. Many reports to our office come from our “Dogs Chained of Life” public service announcement that is periodically aired on most of the state’s television stations.

Additional resources:
10 ways to help a chained dog 


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