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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