Supporters of law limiting dog tethering plan walk Saturday

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Lori Lewis hates when she passes a home and sees a dog tied outside that is clearly there 24 hours a day.

Lori Lewis is helping to organize a walk on Saturday in support of anti-tethering laws. SUBMITTED

“It’s just disgusting,” she said. “If you don’t have the time (to properly care for a dog), just give it away.”

She said she’s happy that the province is creating a law that will make tethering dogs on a continuous basis illegal. While the Liberal government said it probably won’t get rid of tethering completely, it plans to make it illegal for longer than 12 hours.

Lewis said that is fantastic news for the welfare of dogs.

This Saturday at 11 a.m. she and other supporters of the anti-tethering laws will be holding an awareness walk starting at Parkdale. They plan to walk up to East River Road and loop back to Parkdale. They want to show their support for the new laws and advocate for better treatment of animals.

A similar event was held in Halifax last weekend and attended by hundreds.

Lewis said there’s no reason that animals should be left outside in bad weather and on a continuous basis.

“It’s 2014, dogs are part of our family and they’re voiceless. They can’t do anything about it.”

The case in North Preston where a dog was found dead as a result of being left outside in frigid temperatures shows how awful animals can be treated and she said she was horrified to read about it.

In a way she hopes the weather is poor on Saturday for the walk.

“The colder and crappier the better because that’s what our dogs are in,” she said. “These dogs are out in all elements.”

Her own dog Kiki sleeps happily in their home. She hopes that will be the case for more animals in the future.

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Geographic location: Parkdale, East River Road, Halifax North Preston

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Recent comments

  • Dennis smith
    February 06, 2014 - 21:55

    Personally I would rather see a dog tethered, then to see a dog running at large. I see a dog basically everyday running at the wheels of it's owners car which is risking that dog's life every time it's there at their wheels. Because a dog is tethered does it mean that dog is not loved as much as yours? NO. Because the dog is outside does it mean that dog is not loved? No once again. Not all dogs are inside dogs. Some dogs are miserable when they are locked indoors and can't get out. You can't base one dog's life on another dog life because like you said dogs are like family and not everyone's family members are the same. You can't base everyone's likes on your likes. Did you know that leashes are considered tethers also because they prevent a dog from going where they like?? So does that mean at this walk you will be having well trained dogs that walk at their owners side and obey the owners command without any leashes??? You should check out the website that educates you on pet tips and maybe a little educating on dog tethering By the way the dog that died in North Preston didn't died in the results of tethering. It died because it wasn't fed. In the picture you seen the tether but it seems you miss seeing basically every rib in that dog, which is a sin.

  • Carmen Monaghan
    February 06, 2014 - 19:34

    Lori & co, great job! So proud that this has come to light....I see it way too often and same dogs over and over again. They are family and should be treated as such! Good luck on Saturday...wish I could be there to support you and everyone...I will be in spirit!

  • Carmen Monaghan
    February 06, 2014 - 19:29

    Proud of you Lori! This is such great news! It breaks my heart to see any dog tied up for hours on end and no one taking care of them. They are family, and should be treated as such. Best wishes on your walk,...I'll be supporting you in spirit! :-)

  • Resident
    February 06, 2014 - 07:21

    The dog catcher in New Glasgow told me in order to keep my dog, I'd have to muzzle him as well as tie him whenever he is outside.

    • Nora Smith
      February 06, 2014 - 08:05

      why? Does your dog have a history of aggression?

  • Micky Clark
    February 05, 2014 - 22:56

    Good job Lori! It breaks my heart every time when I see a dog on a leash sometimes for hours or so short that he can barely move. It should not be allowed. If you can't take a dog into your home, don't get one..what is the point anyway?! I'll be there and walk for the dogs!