The law says it’s legal – our hearts say it’s absolutely inhumane!
In Arlington, Washington, a lonely Labrador dog has been chained for five long years.
The Labrador dog’s name is Blaze. Despite public outcry, his humans still chose keep him tethered outside.
“I usually cry every time I drive by that house. I have cried many nights thinking about that dog,” a neighbor said. “No animal should be tied to a tree with a cone around its neck for five years.”
The concerned woman is heading up a petition that demands the city to step in and rescue Blaze.
The petition says that “Blaze is left outdoors like this in high heat, freezing cold snow, wind, rain etc. Blaze never gets human interaction or proper medical care.”
The campaign already has more than 5,000 signatures.
Sadly, officials cannot do anything about it. Kristin Banfield, of the city of Arlington, told Q13 Fox that Blaze is “not tied up 24/7 and the cone is on there to keep him from hurting himself further with his allergic condition.”
She said Blaze’s owners are not breaking the law, including the tethering law.
Banfield said that the law states that animals should have “access to food and water, access to shelter, and room to be able to maneuver around so it doesn’t cause them any injury. And that’s what we have in this case.”
She also mentioned that the city has received dozens of 911 calls from people, dating back to 2012, expressing concern about the Labrador dog.
“The dog is well-fed, has adequate water and access to that. Also has a shelter out there, has a dog house that he’s able to easily access,” she said.
Banfield said Blaze’s owner has shown officers documentation from a veterinarian showing that the dog must wear the cone to protect him from scratching himself when his skin allergy flares up.
“The dog is in a healthy condition and, while it’s not ideal for a dog to live like that, that is acceptable under the law,” Banfield said.
But dog lovers say the current law just isn’t enough.
“My biggest fear is that, as has happened in the past, nothing’s gonna happen and that dog will die laying on the ground alone,” the neighbor told Q13 Fox,
While Blaze’s owners are not breaking any law, the city says it is researching tethering laws in other cities and states.
To sign the petition to save Blaze, click here.