Rallying for changes to rules about tethering dogs

Heather Killen
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Laws 4 Paws takes to the streets

Nearly 70 people (and some dogs) came out to show support for the province’s move to amend its Animal Protection Act.

Cars and trucks beeped in support as the Laws 4 Paws parade made its way down Commercial St. in New Minas. Dogs of all sizes coming from Windsor through Annapolis County attended the rally.

Nahleen Ashton is one of several Annapolis County dog lovers who attended the rally on Feb. 1. Across the province similar walks were also held Saturday morning in various communities.

Ashton is hoping that one of the coming changes will make it illegal to allow dogs to be continuously tethered. She added the proposed changes couldn’t come at a better time, as the bitterly cold temperatures are especially hard on dogs living outside.

“It’s been an awful winter,” she said. “Every year dogs die from being left outside in the cold, but usually no one notices. This year everybody has heard about it.”

One of the aims of this march was to raise awareness of the suffering and neglect tethered dogs often suffer. Some are walking in memory of a dog that was found frozen last December in Preston. Others are also paying tribute to another dog named Buddy, a dog that had been chained all his life.

His owner finally surrendered him to a rescue group, but Buddy’s freedom didn’t last more than a few hours. A routine vet check found he had a painful stomach tumour and he was euthanized.

“We want to raise awareness of the suffering that goes unnoticed when a dog is left tethered,” Ashton said. “It wasn’t even Buddy’s owner who was feeding him, it was someone else. These are just the ones we hear about, there are many more that no one notices.”

Last year the Department of Agriculture began consulting with various groups to amend its Animal Protection Act. Advocates hope these changes will make it illegal for owners to leave dogs continuously tethered.

The draft legislation is expected within the next few weeks. In the meantime, organizers are hoping animal lovers will show up in strong numbers at each of the walks taking place in the province on Feb. 1.

Ashton added that the idea is to show the government that people support the idea that all dogs in Nova Scotia deserve to live off the chain. Similar walks were held in Bridgewater, Yarmouth, HRM, Sydney, New Glasgow and Amherst.

For more information about how to help chained dogs in Nova Scotia - go to http://nochainsalllove.ca/

Organizations: Department of Agriculture, Walmart

Geographic location: New Minas, Annapolis County, Preston Nova Scotia Bridgewater Yarmouth Sydney New Glasgow Amherst

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