The above photo was e-mailed to me by a Herald reader on Sunday. I won’t name her, and I won’t name the “owners” of this dog. But the reader did write:
“This guy is only a year old. He does have a dog house near him, but it is unassembled. He did have an empty food bowl and a water pan. His chain is probably about 7 feet and very heavy. He has probably another 10 years to live on that chain with no companionship or stimulation. A pup that can’t run or play … what a horrible life sentence. At least his people seem to keep him fed. Hopefully he will still be alive in July when there is a chance his life could improve.”
The Lee County Board of Commissioners will soon vote on the revised animal ordinance, which will disallow this kind of tethering. It’s a huge step backwards if they vote against this ordinance.
It kills me to see dogs live like this, and there are too many to count in Sanford that do.