We can't help but wonder why humans pass animal protection laws they have no intention of enforcing, yet they will do whatever it takes to stop caring humans from helping the animals the "lawkeepers" refuse to aid. If you're not familiar with Dogs Deserve Better and their campaign to unchain dogs, you're about to meet them. We are shocked and abhor the way some humans keep their animals in deplorable conditions -- intentionally! They refuse to allow anyone with a heart to help the animals. And they pervert the law to prosecute those who do.
February 6, 2010, Altoona, PA
Dog advocate charged with trespassing after providing straw to underweight dogs chained in freezing temps: Charges point to immediate need for stronger dog protection laws nationwide
February 6, 2010, Altoona, PA — Dog advocate Tamira Ci Thayne, founder and CEO of Dogs Deserve Better, a non-profit working solely on behalf of chained and penned dogs, spent the coldest night of the year sleepless despite being snug and warm in her bed.
The faces of dogs chained out in single-digit temperatures and sub-zero windchills haunted her, and she worried if these dogs would survive the night in their inadequate houses, many of which contained not even the single insulating element that could well save their lives: straw.
Determined to help local dogs, she rose early and, with another DDB volunteer, took straw, food, and water to some of the worse cases.
At 1492 Dulancey Drive in Lilly, Pennsylvania, Thayne spotted two skinny dogs with inadequate shelter, minimal straw, no food, and no water. She knocked on the door, and when no one answered she left a Dogs Deserve Better calendar and stuffed the doghouses with straw to save the dogs from immediate danger of death by freezing. She gave the dogs each a bone, food, and water. They shivered nonstop while they ate in the -11 degree wind chill.
The boxer mix had very short fur, a too-large doghouse with an opening as large as the dog, and every rib and bone in her back stood out starkly as she tried to decide whether to eat or run into her house for what little warmth it offered.
Current Pennsylvania law dictates that dogs must have access to"sustenance, drink, and sanitary shelter which will protect the animal against inclement weather and preserve the animal's body heat and keep it dry." Thayne knew the law was being broken, so she returned three days later to speak to the caretaker on behalf of the dogs.
Again, no one answered the door....Read More...
Thayne will be in district court on Main Street in Portage, Pennsylvania, at 9:30 a.m. on February 16, 2010 to defend against the bogus charges. She will be bringing photo and video evidence, and well as eye-witness testimony.
Thayne is asking all Pennsylvania residents to stand against this form of abuse by joining the coalition to Unchain Pennsylvania Dogs. The coalition seeks to pass HB1254, a bill setting time limits on chaining, and creating better conditions for Pennsylvania's dogs. Sign up today at Unchainpadogs.com.
Please visit the website at DogsDeserveBetter.org to learn more about dog chaining, the reasons it is cruel to dogs and dangerous to humans, and to find a local area representative.
See more photos and watch video of the dogs at the site: http://www.dogsdeservebetter.org/thaynetrespassing.html