A very visual demonstration in Austintown used a creative way to help protect man’s best friend.
Several volunteers from Legacy Dog Rescue chained themselves to a dog house Saturday morning and remained there until 10 p.m.
The goal was to show what a dog endures when it is kept outside day and night, living its entire life on a 12-foot rope.
The volunteers said dogs that are ignored are often deprived of adequate food and water and can freeze to death or die of heat stroke.
“There’s this belief that dogs don’t feel hot and cold, that somehow they’re impervious to the elements like that. They feel pain, they feel cold, they may have a better pain tolerance than human beings, but to say they feel no pain or don’t feel discomfort that’s not true at all,” said Blase Brush, a Legacy Dog Rescue member.
The volunteers also took signatures to help pass Nitro Law, a bill that would make animal abuse by kennel owners a felony.