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Chained Dogs Lucky to Be Alive After Hurricane

Written by Michelle Kretzer | October 31, 2012

Slogging through floodwaters, mud, and debris, PETA’s Community Animal Project fieldworkers were out and about during and in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy to respond to calls about animals left outside in some sort of endurance test  imposed on them by their owners. Here are just two of them—dogs who are very lucky to be alive after their owners left them chained to trees during the hurricane.

Brownie had to ride out up to 60-mile-per-hour winds and buckets of rain in a toppled-over airline crate. The chain he was on had become wrapped around a tree, and he was surrounded by scattered debris and mud puddles. Brownie’s neglectful owners decided that he was too much trouble when asked to take him indoors, so they gave him to PETA’s fieldworkers, and we delivered him to our friends at the Virginia Beach SPCA, who offered him a warm, dry, indoor residence right away while they search for a far better family for him.

Tipsy’s small, filthy doghouse didn’t offer much protection from the hard-driving weather, and when CAP workers found her, she was soaked to the bone. We gave her a roomy new doghouse, moved her to a grassy spot, covered her yard with dry straw, cleaned her food and water bowls, and gave her a much-needed toweling off. We are in talks with her owners, hoping to get them to change their ways and become real guardians now.

As the Eastern Seaboard recovers from Hurricane Sandy, we will undoubtedly hear the stories of animals who, unlike Brownie and Tipsy, were not found in time and lost their lives because their owners couldn’t care less about their safety.

Natural disasters aren’t preventable, but the tragic deaths of companion animals during disasters certainly can be. Please sign PETA’s petition urging the governors of each state to ban chaining during extreme weather. 

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  • Barb Falls says:

    Animals are just like people. In fact let me rephrase that. Animals are better than people. Do not have a pet if you don`t treat them like family. people are idiots.

  • edward huizar says:

    people who abuse animals deserve to be abused. maybe if they knew how it felt they would stop doing it.

  • Diane says:

    Any individual purposefully tying or chaining a dog or other animal during a hurricane should not be permitted to retain ownership of the animal. They should be made to relinquish the pet to someone who will love and care for it. This is animal cruelty at its worst. SHAME ON YOU!!!

  • mandylf96 says:

    how sad i love animals they should have been in a safe place 🙁 <3

  • Terry Wataszko says:

    People just don’t give a shit.

  • Brittney says:

    Awful!!! imagine how terrified these poor animals were. *DO NOT OWN A DOG/PET IF YOU ARE JUST GOING TO CHAIN IT OUTSIDE!!!!*

  • Colette says:

    Brain dead idiots should not be allowed to have pets, children or voting rights!

  • MarauderOwl says:

    I can’t stand how someone can do that to his or her family member. When I heard about this I thought I would take my dog with me whatever happens. I couldn’t leave my friend ALONE outside or inside of the house if something like that happened. I hate people who don’t have any respect for other animals.

  • Brandon says:

    How could people be so heartless to just abandon their pets, in my family a pet is family, if I were In their place I never would have left my animals, I’ll die with them before I let them die alone; a proud owner of three cute kitty cats

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  • Marin says:

    I don’t understand how someone can decide to leave their companion outside during a hurricane. I can only imagine how terrified the poor animals were and my heart goes out the the ones who were victims of neglectful owners during this disaster.

  • Drea says:

    they people responsible for those animals that chained them up during a storm should be prosecuted for animal cruelty.

  • Debi Blood says:

    Ban chaining PERIOD. Dogs are not lawn ornaments.

  • Tammy says:

    Well i hope the so called owners will be held accountable for endangerment. Unfortunaltely, I believe our laws are not strong enough to keep these kinds of things from happening. I believe this should be looked at like an attempted murder, but sadly we probably would not have enough room in our jails for all the cruel people in this world. Please people, if you want a pet, treat it like you would want to be treated.Get it in your head that they are living, breathing, feeling creatures just as you are and deserve nothing less than you would allow yourself.

  • Lila says:

    Animals do deserve the same rights as people do. Idiots will say “Oh they are animals and they are different.” What idiots forget is humans are animals too. No idea where human kind is going if this kind of things in this day and age people are still so stupid.

  • Erikaandrich says:

    Was brownie found in va beach?? Looks just like my 2 puppies that were fathered by our other dog. They were a year old in october. Just hoping he finds a great home, they are super smart and loving!!

  • stephanie says:

    How dare do people do this? That’s right, because there’s nothing prohibiting then from doing so. This is outrageous! Please do something about this!

  • Nanna says:

    People should be certified to be allowed to have animals!

  • Arcelyn Cruz says:

    Ban chaining!! These poor innocent babies deserve to live!!!

  • SHILOH says:


  • Melissa Thomas says:

    Animals need protection. They cannot help themselves in a storm or extreme weather. They should not be left chained!!! They should be safe inside.

  • Elyssa D'Amata says:

    This is unethical! animals don’t deserve to be suffering outside while people are kept safe inside. People own these pets, therefore it’s their responsibility to take care of them in good AND bad times. Don’t give up on them! They deserve to be saved too!

  • Milla Myyryl&#228;inen says:

    Take care of animals;especially in natural disasters..

  • A.Banerjee says:

    I do not support chaining a dog during hurricane

  • kelly creager says:

    some people just don’t THINK. And i know many shelters accross the US do not accept pets expecially if you have more than one so people just don’t think about other options. If you can’t take your petsan there outside atleast cut them loose they are better off finding shelter an higher ground on there own. an please always make sure your pets are always taged. May your pets always be safe from harm an Know what it is to be loved.

  • Nadia says:

    This should be outlawed. If you cannot afford to fence your property, you should not be allowed to own a dog.

  • Debra LaVoice says:

    Please let’s do something for animals to protect them from ignorant, soulless humans

  • Glenie K says:

    This is animal cruelty!! I can only imagine the horror these poor animals endured to a tree. There is NO excuse for this. It would have almost been more humane to set them free and fend for themselves. When I evacuated my home as Katrina approached I took all of my pets….2 dogs, a cat, a ferret and a guinea pig. My home took on 14 ft of water, but precious lives were saved. I would have never forgiven myself if I had left them behind. They are part of my family and their lives are my responsibility and they depend on me to keep them safe.

  • jacky collette says:

    do not get a dog if your going to just keep it chained outside.that is no life for any wouldn’t do that to your child,WOULD YOU???????????

  • Haley C Chabot says:

    Animals are not just a piece of property, they are living creatures of god who breathe and have feelings just like us. They should be cared for just the same and not stuck in a position that they are unable to get themselves out of. Being chained up where anything can fall and hit them and they have now way to go anywhere and hide is just wronggg!!!

  • sharon says:

    someone should have tied the owner to the tree. Idiots who do things like this need a good thump

  • Lisa Marriott says:

    Please make a simple law to forbid the chaining of animals on severe weather. Let them have a fighting chance! Have compassion for those who can’t speak up for themselves. They only have us!

  • Hazel Borthwick says:

    Please encourage people not to chain their dogs during bad weather – or to leave them chained up outside overnight.

  • Daniela Sztulwark says:

    Poeple should be jailed for this- there is no question this behavior is premeditated murder- harm with the intent to kill. Attempted murder carries how many years? Forget that- all people who harm animals shoul dbe forced to have medical experiments on themselves and the animals who are innocent should be set free. enough is enough.

  • Jennifer says:

    What is wrong with people??? Animals deserve every right to life that any person does.

  • theresa firlder says:

    i hope these people are charged with animal cruelty. even with a storm there is no excuse to treat a dog like that

  • Dora Albert says:

    Are charges going to be brought up against these people for not taking care of their pets?? This is horrible what they did.

  • lisa says:

    Some people dont deserve to have animals thankgod these dogs survived thankgod Brownie has the chance to find a new home someone who loves and cares for him, but poor tipsy just look at her face she looks soo sad and lonely,if this had happened in the UK she would never of been allowed to be returned to her owners.How could anyone leave her outside to brave the hurricane she must of been soo scared responsible owners will do anything to keep their animals safe.

  • Cheryl says:

    How awful how comes they arent chained outside like the dogs are see how it feels those people should not be allowed to have dogs anymore

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  • Miranda says:

    Such selfish people. Glad you could save these two.