Please See Them: Chained Dog’s Rescue Launches New TV Advocacy for ‘Invisible Dogs’

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For immediate release:
May 18, 2022

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Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Parson, Kan. — On the heels of Parsons Police Department’s rescue of Midus — malnourished dog found chained outside abandoned home with no food or water — PETA hits local TV with emergency message calling for action for dogs in danger, “forgotten, as if they were invisible. The 30-second spot shows dogs relegated to chains as they slowly disappear and ends with this plea: “Please see these dogs and help them out of a life of despair, before it’s too late. Dogs do not belong at the end of a chain. The video invites viewers to PETA.org/Chained to learn how to talk to neighbors about bringing dogs indoors and to advocate for a city-wide or county-wide dog-chaining ordinance.

“Midus was rescued in no time, but there are countless other dogs in chains who will suffer out of sight in backyards during this summer’s scorching heat,” said Daphna Nachminovitch, senior vice president of PETA Cruelty Investigations. “PETA calls on people to let their dogs live indoors with the rest of the family, encourage others to do the same, and always come to the aid of an animal in need.”

PETA urges everyone to be on the lookout for any dogs kept chained or penned outside 24/7. Witnesses must take photos from public property; record how long an animal is left without adequate food, water or shelter; and immediately alert local law enforcement.

A passing Good Samaritan called the Parsons Police Department after spotting Midus tangled in the cable he was tied to. His case, which led to the arrest of his owner, is not an isolated case. Each year, PETA receives reports of dead or dying dogs, many of which were trapped in pens and/or still had heavy chains around their necks. Dogs like Midus often find themselves without adequate food, water, shelter and veterinary care, confined to the same few square feet of space day after day. Chained dogs were found tangled in their tethers, as Midus was, and suffering from heatstroke and dehydration in the summer and frostbite in the winter.

PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals do not belong to us to abuse them in any way” — opposes speciesism, a human supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebookor instagram.

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