Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Chain, cowed dog illustrated story of abuse

Chain, cowed dog illustrated story of abuse

The pit bull abandoned in Pocono Farms.Keith R. Stevenson/Pocono Record

May 10, 2009

The photo told the story. A lean pit bull hunched its back and held one paw up tentatively. Its face scrunched, its tail between its legs, it was bound to a stop sign.

This kind of mistreatment, which occurred on Monday night in Coolbaugh Townshipa neighborhood, galvanizes animal activists and drives support of legislation that will curtail dog owners' ability to tie up dogs. Whoever left this dog chained to the stop sign set the latest, lowest standard for callous and heartless treatment of mankind's best friend. But it is only a difference of degrees of abuse. Keeping any dog tied indefinitely outdoors is wrong and ought to be against the law. Better alternatives are available and appropriate.