Friday, June 20, 2008

Depressing post.

Like Bad Rap, I believe that the overwhelming majority of dog fatalities are preventable, and stories like this one just break my heart. My prayers go out to this poor child's family.

A dog that is left chained to a fence for months, neglected, hungry, and unsocialized - this is not a "family dog" that "turned on" its owner or a child. Living in an impoverished area of Oakland, I see miserable, unstable, frantic, chained-up dogs (usually pits, rotties, or German Shepherds, but sometimes even Chihuahuas) every time I take a walk around my neighborhood. Some of these dogs are clearly aggressive towards people, and I fear them. Despite all the recent good press for pits, I am reminded that we still have a very long way to go.

(Thanks to Bad Rap for the informative links.)


  1. I've only been bit by two dogs in my life, one was a chihuahua. Hated that dog.

  2. California passed a law in 2007 saying that dogs may not be chained for more than 3 hours in any 24-hour period. This was groundbreaking legislation and a huge step forward toward changing the notion that it is appropriate to chain a dog 24/7. Unfortuntely, the law is not being enforced that well, esp. in places like Oakland, where police and animal control say they have more pressing problems. But please -- the law never WILL be enforced until we citizens demand that it is. Please call AC/police if you see dogs chained 24/7. Oh, you'll get the run-around, but it might help. It just might. Learn more at


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