Woman to Sit in Freezing Doghouse for 12 Hours

PETA Supporter Will Call On Government Officials to Spend Just One Hour in the Cold — and to Pass Upcoming Anti-Tethering Bill for Dog

For Immediate Release:
March 2, 2015

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Annapolis, Md. – With only a few layers of clothing protecting her from the frigid winter weather, a PETA supporter will be chained inside a cramped, frigid doghouse for 12 hours on Tuesday, flanked by a banner proclaiming, “Dogs Die of Cold. Keep Them Inside.” The demonstration is set to occur outside a House office where a committee will meet on Wednesday to discuss anti-tethering House Bill 956, which would place a two-hour limit on the length of time dogs can be chained. PETA is asking government officials to join the woman for just one hour as temperatures plummet to see for themselves just how urgent this issue is.

Where:           Outside the House Office Building, 6 Bladen St., Annapolis

When:             From noon to midnight on Tuesday, March 3

“PETA is calling on authorities to give every Maryland dog serving a life sentence on a chain a reprieve—by enacting bylaws requiring guardians to allow them indoors in freezing weather,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “Caring people everywhere can do their part by making dogs part of a loving family—and never leaving them chained in the backyard.”

Every year, PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—receives thousands of complaints about people who leave dogs and cats outside in the cold. Dogs and other animals can suffer from frostbite and exposure, and they can become dehydrated when water sources freeze. Cold weather spells extra hardship for “backyard dogs,” who often go without adequate food, water, shelter, or veterinary care.

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