Victory: Portsmouth, Virginia, Curbs Chaining

Published by PETA.

Wow! Less than a month after PETA spoke in front of the City Council of Portsmouth, Virginia, about the need for legislation to end the continuous chaining of dogs, officials voted unanimously—that’s seven to zip—in favor of a three-hour limit on chaining in any 24-hour period. We’d like 24/7, but this is a wonderful change from lifetime chaining!


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Portsmouth is just across the Elizabeth River from PETA’s hometown of Norfolk, and it has now become the latest neighboring community (and one of many across the country) to outlaw round-the-clock chaining of dogs. In July, our hard work paid off when Hampton banned chaining altogether. At our urging, Norfolk and Virginia Beach had previously enacted limits on tethering dogs.

What You Can Do

Chained dogs are often at the end of their ropes, both literally and figuratively—miserable, lonely, and vulnerable to weather extremes and violent predators, not to mention a significant threat to public safety. Please help chained dogs by working to pass a chaining ordinance in your community.

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