I know for many, holiday weekend plans are underway already, but I want to relay this message from my friend and fellow dog-welfare advocate, Janice Fisher Patterson, who is trying to garner support for a very important issue. I hope my dog-loving friends will help by calling, sending e-mails, and sharing. Did you catch Janice on a recent segment of Dr. Brian Voynick’s “The Pet Stop” on News 12 NJ, talking about the new Pet Shop Disclosure Law that was recently instituted in the Garden State? Thank you for your support.
A two-minute phone call and e-mail to your state senator and two assemblymen will make a world of difference to dogs that are tethered 24/7 outdoors in the extreme heat and freezing cold.
District 10 lawmakers, Sen. Jim Holzapfel, Asm. David Wolfe and Asm. Gregory McGuckin, have introduced a bill that will prohibit this cruel treatment of dogs. Besides being subjected to all types of weather extremes causing physical pain, animal attacks, disease and the threat of being stolen for dog fighting, these animals are usually deprived of human interaction, a cruel fate for highly social animals.
Recently local towns have been adopting their own ordinances prohibiting 24/7 tethering, following a sad situation in Plainfield, NJ where a German Shepherd was left outdoors all winter long on a six-foot chain with only a wire crate for shelter. This is only one example of the neglect that these animals are exposed to at the end of a chain. These animals are NOT lawn ornaments and they must not be treated that way.
PLEASE help these animals by contacting your legislators (Senator and two Assemblymen) to ask that they CO-SPONSOR (S3061/A4628) (anti-tethering and proper shelter bill). You can find your legislators by accessing the NJ legislature website: www.njleg.state.nj.us and look to the left of the home page for “Find Your Legislator.”
PLEASE call first and follow up with an e-mail. We thank our caring government officials for promoting the welfare of our Companion Animals. If you have questions for Janice, or you are an animal advocate advocate outside the state of New Jersey, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.