‘In Our Backyard’: Glass Artist to Create Piece Inspired by Chained Dogs

New Chrysler Museum Glass Studio Exhibit Showcases Photos of 'Backyard Dogs' by PETA Fieldworkers in Hampton Roads and Beyond

For Immediate Release:
August 26, 2016

David Perle 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – This Sunday, glass artist Kristi Totoritis will appear at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio and create a new piece, live and in person, inspired by “In Our Backyard,” a new collection of behind-the-scenes photographs that are on display there and were taken by PETA fieldworkers showing dogs chained up in local backyards.

When:    Sunday, August 28, 12 noon sharp

Where:    Chrysler Museum Glass Studio, 745 Duke St., Norfolk

“These photographs show just a few of the sweet, suffering, lonely dogs PETA visits every day in our community,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “This artist’s tribute is a touching and powerful reminder of why it’s vital to ban dog chaining.”

PETA’s photographs show dogs chained up and forgotten in backyards—some are tied up near fallen trees and piles of junk, and others’ paws have sunk into mud. Dogs who are chained outdoors spend their entire lives eating, sleeping, and eliminating in the same few square feet of space, deprived of the social interaction that pack animals need. While PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—has successfully pushed for restrictions and bans on chaining dogs throughout Hampton Roads, the practice remains legal in many parts of Virginia and North Carolina.

PETA also serves as a 24/7 resource for animals in need. In addition to providing free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries, the group delivers free doghouses, flea and flystrike prevention, food, water, and other necessities to dogs who are kept chained or penned outdoors.

For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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