PETA TV Ad Calling for an End to Dog Chaining to Debut in Butler County

PSA Narrated by Alice Conner, Who Lost a Cousin in a Chained-Dog Attack, Follows Tragic Attack on 9-Year-Old Girl

For Immediate Release:
July 9, 2015

David Perle 202-483-7382

Hamilton, Ohio – In the wake of an attack that left a 9-year-old girl severely disfigured by a chained dog, PETA is hitting the airwaves in Butler County, Ohio, with a public service announcement narrated by Alice Conner—who lost her beloved 2-year-old cousin after he was attacked by a chained dog in 2005—urging residents to bring their dogs inside as members of the family. “Chained dogs are three times more likely to attack people because they don’t get the companionship and exercise they need and crave,” Conner says in the video. “And that can frustrate them and drive them crazy.”

“Chained dogs are forced to endure the elements, attacks by other animals and cruel people, and crippling loneliness—often without adequate food or shelter,” says PETA Senior Director Colleen O’Brien. “PETA joins Ms. Conner in urging people everywhere to bring their dogs inside for the safety of animals and people.”

Dogs are often tethered on short ropes or chains and forced to urinate and defecate in the same area in which they eat and sleep. Deprived of everything that’s natural and important to them, they often go insane from frustration and lack of exercise and socialization. PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—encourages guardians to make dogs part of the family by allowing them to live indoors.

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