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Tuesday, 25 September 2018

What You Should Do if You See a “Dog Chained For Life”
Written by Susanna Richer   
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.

3 Contact the Authorities
Report the dog to your local Animal Control Officer noting specific legal infractions. Be sure to have the physical address of the dog when making a report. Provide as much detail and documentation as possible.

4 Follow-up with the Animal Control Officer to determine what steps he/she has taken to correct the neglect.

5 Continue to monitor the situation.
Occurrences of neglect are rarely resolved with one phone call. If more humane infractions occur, contact the ACO again. If the ACO is not responsive, call his/her superiors (Police, Town Manager,
State Animal Welfare Department).

6 Engage the community.
Most likely, you are not the only person concerned about the dog’s well being. Speak to neighbors about the dog. Ask them to become involved in documentation and communication with authorities and/or the dog owner.

7 Educate the Dog Owner.
Send an educational letter to the dog owner regarding why chaining is inhumane and dangerous (view sample letters).

8 Offer Alternatives to Chaining.
Often dogs are chained outside because they are not house trained, are destructive in the home, are escape artists, or unwanted. Offering the dog owner solutions to these challenges, assistance building a fence, training tips, re-homing assistance, can save a dog’s life.

9 Contact the Media.
Write a letter to the editor of your local paper concerning the plight of the chained dog. Call your local television station.

10 Get Political
Many communities and states have already restricted or outlawed chaining as a means of confinement. Contact your community leaders and state legislators to ask them to pass an anti-tethering law in your community.

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