I’ve been an advocate for chained dogs for 11 years. I’ve seen the harm that it poses; the suffering and neglect.

Dogs are pack animals, with humans being their “pack.” A chained dog feels rejected and doesn’t understand why. Imagine being chained to a tree year after year. You yearn for attention. You long to run, but can only pace. You shiver in winter and pant in summer. Eventually, you stop barking. You have given up.

There are many reasons why dog chaining should be banned. It’s unsafe to dogs and humans. Chained dogs can become highly aggressive. Dogs naturally feel protective of their territory and when confronted with a perceived threat, they respond with their fight-or-flight instinct. A chained dog, unable to take flight, often feels forced to fight, attacking any animal or person who wanders into their territory. Any city, county or state that bans this practice is a safer, more humane community.

Chaining does not create a good guard dog. Instead, chaining creates aggression-not protectiveness. A protective dog can sense when his family is in danger. It learns to be protective by being with its family.

Many believe chaining is inhumane. In addition to ‘The Humane Society of the United States’ and numerous animal experts, the USDA deemed chaining ‘inhumane’ in 1996.

I’m asking Jackson County to become the first Humane County in Wisconsin, joining 30 states and hundreds of cities with similar ordinances.

-Becky Scholze

Humbird, Wisconsin

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Jackson County Chronicle editor

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