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Chains take wag out of dog’s tail

CARRIE COPPERNOLL Published: September 10, 2009
I wanted to help and thought I could be of value. But as my pregnancy wore on, I realized maybe I wasn’t as valuable to the group as I thought I could have been. Morning sickness, fatigue and difficulties limited me. For the first time, I had to sort of watch from the sidelines. I was disappointed in myself.

But I’m ecstatic about what the group accomplished. The chain-off event will be a huge success, and it will raise awareness in the community about the dangers of chaining dogs.

Chains are a hazard to dogs and to the people around them.

Chains can choke, strangle or cut dogs, and if the tether becomes tangled, the dog can be cut off from food, water and shelter.

The dog can become vulnerable to harassment from people or attack from other animals.

Chaining also changes a dog’s personality, making it more likely to be aggressive. My dog’s personality changed after just a few minutes on a chain.

Hopefully other dog owners will realize the change in their own dogs because of the "My Life as a Dog Challenge.”

Central Oklahoma Humane Society needs volunteers
The Central Oklahoma Humane Society is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting animal well-being and community education about the humane treatment of animals. The organization needs volunteers for a variety of tasks, including:

• Trapping feral cats so they can be spayed or neutered and returned to their environment.

• Helping to organize a citywide Humane Education Program for children.

• Fostering dogs or cats until they are adopted.

Helping at adoption events.

• Assisting veterinary technicians during spay/neuter clinics by helping animals in recovery, sterilizing surgical supplies and other duties.

For more information or to volunteer, call 286-1503 or go to


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