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Don’t leave dogs chained up

Updated: April 14, 2012 8:04AM



I write this letter on behalf of all dogs who, through no fault of their own, have been destined to live their entire lives outside on the end of a chain attached to some fixed point. Never to experience the love and companionship that dogs, by their very nature, seek and need.

Dogs are pack animals. They were never meant to live solitary lives. Being perpetually chained out in a yard is a very solitary life to be sure. The practice of perpetually chaining a dog outside is both inhumane and a threat to the safety of the dog, other animals and even humans. At the point where a dog is chained outside 24/7/365 is he still a pet . . . or rather a prisoner?

A chain significantly restricts a dog’s movement. It may occasionally become caught on other objects, restricting the dog’s movement to a mere arc of several feet or less. Dogs chained for extended periods of time may become highly aggressive and feel the need to “defend their territory.” Perpetually chained dogs may prove to be an easy target for thieves wanting to steal the dog to sell to research labs or even to be used as “bait” dogs.

A chained dog is unable to adequately defend itself from other attacking predators. I hope we can extend our compassion quotient for these wonderful, loving creatures. Let’s create a culture of compassion for all living beings. So to all owners of chained dogs: Please, break their chains, but don’t break their hearts.

Reg Green, Loda, Ill.

What’s up with gas prices?

If possible, we all would appreciate a simple, intelligent and rational explanation for gasoline pricing. When you hear on the morning news that the price of a barrel of crude oil has gone up, within minutes, the higher prices are already on all the gas station signs.

On the other hand, when you hear the price of crude has dropped, it takes a week or more before we maybe see a 2-cent drop at the pumps. What’s really going on?

Ken Greenberg, Skokie

A lesson for Rev. Jackson

When Gov. Scott Walker took office in Wisconsin, he inherited a $3.6 billion deficit. Just over a year later, Walker and the Republicans have nearly eliminated the deficit.

Wisconsin will run a surplus in the current fiscal year without raising taxes.

So, Rev. Jesse Jackson Jr., instead of demanding his recall and sticking your nose in Wisconsin’s business, why don’t you stay in Illinois and work for the same outcome in Illinois and Cook County?

Michael Lovetere,

Cicero



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