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Victory: Hampton, Va., Ends Dog Chaining!

Written by PETA | July 12, 2012

We have phenomenally good news for dogs in Hampton, Virginia—one of the cities that make up the Hampton Roads community surrounding PETA’s Norfolk headquarters. After about a year of meetings, letters, calls, and discussions involving PETA, city officials, and concerned citizens, the Hampton City Council voted unanimously to ban the tethering of dogs!


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Life on a Chain Is No Life at All

Over the years, PETA’s Community Animal Project staff has responded to countless calls for help for chained dogs in Hampton and has met many who did not survive this cruel practice, including Smokey, a black pit bull who was left outside during Hurricane Irene and died in the storm; Tupac, another pit who languished on a chain without vet care, had a massive tumor, and slowly starved; Nigel, a Rottweiler who was kept chained in a disgusting garage for years while his leg muscles atrophied and his paws eroded from urine burn; and many, many more.

PETA is grateful to the Hampton councilmembers—who insisted on a complete ban on tethering instead of halfway measures—and to all the area residents who helped with this important project, assuring that Hampton’s animals will no longer lead lives of misery at the end of chains!

What You Can Do

Not only does keeping dogs tied up or chained outside cause them to suffer, the stress and frustration that they endure can also cause them to become violent. Tethering bans protect both dogs and the public from harm. Please work to enact a chaining ordinance in your community.

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  • ana vidal says:

    nobody has the right to put life on a chain!!!

  • pat long says:

    we need to do this as a country but good to see there is a worthy city here.

  • karenjean tranter says:

    how about we teather all the cruel vile human beings for the stuff they do ,most so called human beings discust me ,the world would be abetter nicer kinder place if there were less human beings and more animals

  • Grazia Papi says:

    “Non fare agli altri quello che non vorresti che fosse fatto a te”. Questo principio vale per tutti gli esseri viventi siano essi uomini o animali. Il rispetto è universale!

  • Maia says:

    So glad to hear that another town has banned tethering. Delaware just passed anti-tethering for the entire state. We are making progress but still have a long way to go.

  • Maria Helena Figueira says:

    É demasiado horroroso e cruel o que o homem consegue fazer em relação aos animais!!..É simpleemente criminoso e quem infligisse maus tratos a animais deveria ser severamente punido. É inadmissível e revoltante!!!

  • Lisa Kitchener says:

    Not only does keeping dogs tied up or chained outside cause them to suffer, the stress and frustration that they endure can also cause them to become violent. Tethering bans protect both dogs and the public from harm.

  • keith says:

    Why do people have dogs to treat them so horrendously I wonder if many are high on drugs and have no idea about the cruelty and abuse they are causing., although perhaps I am being generous about the human race which really when you think about it are unpardonably evil and irreparable and for most of the time knows exactly what it is doing even without rhyme or reason..

  • Marin says:

    Hurray! Hopefully Hampton is just the first of many to make the change!