Sunday, December 9, 2007

Letter to the Editor: Preventing Animal Bites

On Friday the Tallahassee Democrat published a letter to the editor that is worth reproducing; it mentions the links between chaining and aggressive behavior by dogs that has previously been mentioned in posts here, here, and here.

Treat Sparky Right to Prevent Animal Bites

Re: “Animal bite incidents up in Leon” (news article, Dec. 1)

The startling increase in the number of dog bites in Leon County is a reminder that dangerous dog attacks can and do happen, unless we take steps to prevent them. As an animal shelter volunteer, I know that most bites can prevented simply by caring for our dogs properly. Please allow me to share these lifesaving dog-bite prevention tips:

Report cruelty to animals right away. Dogfighters and those using dogs as “guard dogs” often beat, starve and taunt dogs to make them aggressive - and more likely to attack.

Keep dogs inside with you - never chain them up or keep them caged. Chained dogs kill more children than falls from trees and playground equipment and fireworks accidents combined, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Push for laws requiring dogs to be walked on leashes when not on their guardians' property.

Spay or neuter. Unaltered dogs of any breed are three times more likely to bite.

To learn about passing a spay/neuter or anti-chaining ordinance your community, visit www.HelpingAnimals.com.

LINDSAY POLLARD-POST

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

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