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October 23, 2008 at 3:48 PM

Chained dogs

How would you like it?

I find it difficult to understand why a person would want to chain a loving creature like a dog, treating it like a caged animal [“Should it be illegal to keep dogs chained?,” News, Oct. 21].

Why don’t the owners who chain their dogs try an experiment and chain themselves for 10 hours a day on the same chain they use for their “best friend”? Then they should ask themselves why they want to do this to their dog.

Breeds that repeatedly kill children, adults and other pets should be banned as it is obvious many owners do not have a clue what a dog requires to have a happy life, let alone care if their dog attacks someone.

— Michael Evans, Seattle

Think twice

Although public safety is of prime importance, there is another crucial reason to ban the chaining of dogs: The practice leads to a tragic life for dogs.

Dogs are very social creatures that need the companionship of others. It’s an act of extreme cruelty to chain a dog. Owners who are not prepared to care for dogs properly and give them the attention and love they deserve should rethink their actions. Congratulations to the Metropolitan King County Council for their compassionate stance.

— Nancy Pennington, Seattle

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