For Immediate Release:
June 17, 2022
David Perle 202-483-7382
Raleigh, N.C. – On Tuesday morning, PETA will be on the State Government Mall to meet with legislators and introduce them to some of the dogs the group has rescued from backyards where they were kept chained 24/7. PETA will talk to legislators about animal protection legislation such as HB 1116 (the Fiona Mae Wagglebottom’s Act), which would prohibit keeping dogs tethered outside during extreme weather or when temperatures are below 32 or above 85 degrees.
When: Tuesday, June 21, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Where: Between the legislative building and legislative offices, 16 W. Jones St., Raleigh
Dogs in attendance on Tuesday will include Sharon, whose story is told in The Washington Post Magazine’s recent profile on the plight of dogs kept tethered or penned outdoors 24/7 in North Carolina, without companionship, relief from the hot sun or the bitter cold, or basic veterinary care. PETA works to provide thousands of them with low- or no-cost spaying/neutering, sturdy wooden doghouses, flea prevention, deworming medication, food, treats, and toys—and, when possible, gives them a chance at a new life. Sharon was adopted by a PETA fieldworker who visited her regularly when she was kept chained and neglected, and she now enjoys the comforts of life as an indoor dog with a family that includes other PETA adoptees.
“Across North Carolina, dogs are tied up like old bicycles, panting in the summer and shivering in the winter, desperate for someone to rescue them,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA looks forward to meeting with legislators and discussing how we can work together to help vulnerable animals throughout the Tar Heel State.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.