Organizers are hoping dogs and their walkers will participate in a march planned for Saturday, Feb. 1, to spread awareness of the dangers and cruelties of tethering dogs 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
A march is planned for Saturday, Feb. 1, to spread awareness of the dangers and cruelties of tethering dogs 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
In Yarmouth, the walk will start at Frost Park at 11 a.m. and proceed to Starrs Road and back. Marches will take place throughout Nova Scotia on that date.
Shelley LeBlanc says the anti-tethering movement is not targeting owners who tie their dogs outdoors for short periods.
“We are talking about the 24/7 tethering of dogs who only know that as their life, who never get off the chain or out of the pen,” she said.
“These dogs suffer the cold of winter and the heat of summer and all other issues associated, frozen water and food, improper shelter, flies and fleas in summer, etc.”
Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell has promised animal welfare groups that he will seek changes to existing laws and make them tougher by the end of February however advocates for anti-tethering in Nova Scotia are still planning the protest.
Joan Sinden, founder of the No Chains All Love Dog Rescue Society, says those who are against permanently tethering dogs want to honour the memory of a tethered dog (Buddy) that they rescued and a Preston dog that froze to death in December.
“We want to make sure those dogs did not die in vain - we want to make sure that no other dogs have to go through what those two dogs went through,” she said.