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"Have a heart for chained dogs," It's the time of year when you see it on the news.

News in the cold country. Neighbors who leave their pets outside in the sub zero temperatures. They think it's "Okay", they're "Just dogs" they live outside in the wild all the time! Really? Well I'm not sure about your dogs but mine are domesticated. They are accustomed to living indoors. They do not have a "Den" outside to keep them warm and safe from the elements of the cold.

Could I ever imagine one of my beloved dogs chained to the hood of a camper which is lying on the ground un-used? Nope.......

Could I ever imagine one of my beloved dogs chained by a stake under a sole standing tree in the back of my 1/2 acre lot? Nope........

How about chained by the front or back door step, that's good, right? This way they feel they're partly inside, partly a part of the family? NOPE!

My dogs are "family" and many of you will agree. If I wouldn't think about chaining my children outside then I wouldn't think of chaining my fur kid outside. Not even for a second.
Although Arizona seldom sees below zero temperatures, it can get to freezing in the evening and it's still COLD! Don't forget these same Arizona dogs are more than likely living outdoors, chained up, in the hot summer days as well!

What can YOU do to help?

First, if you see a dog chained outside and you begin to notice that it's every day, all day, not just once in a while, do something about it, you are their voice! If everyone drives by and thinks to themselves "Oh well, I don't want to get involved, I'm sure someone with more guts will see and call the authorities." Well, sadly you're wrong, it doesn't usually happen that way. If you've seen a dog chained outside, all day, each day for over a period of days or weeks, chances are NO ONE is ever going to do anything.

That's where you can help.
You can make an anonymous phone call to local authorities. No questions asked. Just make sure to have the exact address to where the dog is located. Pictures, times, etc. are all good evidence to support your claim as well.
Please take some time this week and from this point on to be aware of this problem around you and do something about it! Please take action! These dogs are counting on us!

To report abuse please call the Animal Cruelty Hotline at 602-876-1681. 

Sheriff Joe Arpaio's no-kill shelter, MASH, was created to house and care for animals that have been abused or neglected by their caretakers, and that have been rescued by the Animal Cruelty Investigative Unit. Click here to see Sheriff Joe's MASH website:

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MASH (MCSO Animal Safe Haven)
102 W. Madison
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Phone: (602) 876-1212

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