Frank Lewis: Pets need more from you than a chain

First Posted: 8/5/2011

I am amazed at the number of people who don't understand the toll the heat takes on their animals. I have seen dogs on a short chain standing in the blazing heat of the sun with no way to find shade. I have seen dogs whose water bowl is dry or where the water hasn't been changed, it has become hot and stagnant.Pets require much more attention during the two most extreme seasons -- the middle of summer and the middle of winter.I saw a dog chained to the bumper of a truck on a chain that was not three feet long, so he couldn't even lie down or seek shelter under the truck.I cannot figure out what these people are thinking. My dogs stay in a kennel, which is half under roof, and we not only change their water multiple times per day, but we have a small plastic pool that we keep cool water in for them, so they can cool their paws. I am amazed at the number of people who don't understand the law and turn their dogs loose to fend for themselves. Most will meet an early demise.I see where a Johnson County, Ind., man is facing charges for allowing his dog to die after leaving it in the heat for days. Neighbors applauded as officials came and took two other dogs off his property. The problem with that is the sentencing is always way too light. I don't think lawmakers or society take these cruel individuals' crimes seriously enough.Please, make sure your dog has room to move around and access to shade. Make sure there is always plenty of fresh water for it, and check on it regularly.Caring for an animal carries a huge responsibility. Don't take it on unless you intend to give it the attention it must have.That brings up one more thing. Sierra's Haven has many dogs and cats waiting for someone to give them a home and the love that goes with that. Please consider adopting a pet, and then giving it the attention it deserves.Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 232, or

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