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Vicksburg’s new tether law, which allows people to keep dogs outside on a swivel or pulley, does not do enough to protect vulnerable animals.

Dogs are social pack animals. They need more than just water, food, and shelter. They need and deserve the love of a family, respect for their individuality, joy and novelty, exercise, mental stimulation, and veterinary care.

Dogs suffer greatly when forced into a life of isolation and deprivation at the end of a chain. They endure weather extremes, languish with untreated illnesses and injuries, and grow despondent and desperate from the never-ending solitude. Every year, many die preventable deaths.

Some cities have laws that prohibit tethering completely. All should. Regardless of the tethering laws in your area, if you see dogs suffering outside, please call local authorities. Even if tethering is legal, neglect isn’t.

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This editorial is from Melissa Rae Sanger of The PETA Foundation at 501 Front St., Norfolk, VA 23510. Their number is 517-798-6758 and their email is: MelissaRS@petaf.org

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