Target: Bridgeport law enforcement
Goal:Release Bobby from inhumane confinement immediately
A dog in Bridgeport, Connecticut, referred to by media sources as “Bobby”, is currently being held in a dismal outdoor confinement. An online video from just hours ago shows the spaniel excitedly pacing back and forth, while visitors pet him through a tiny chain-link opening.
The dog’s kennel was inspected by animal control and was found to be acceptable. While the dog is said to have access to food, water, hay, and heat, neighbors are concerned about his wellbeing. One claimed that the dog desperately tries to escape and isn’t even allowed to relieve himself in the grass. A neighbor claimed that the owner would not even allow her to walk the dog. Dogs often become distressed when isolated for long periods, and Bobby only has a tiny chain-link window to look out of.
Animal control officers have checked the dog several times, but claim that the owner is not breaking any laws. Regardless of the law, the public outcry has proved that this is clearly a case of inhumane treatment, and perhaps severe neglect. Bobby is not a criminal, but a friendly and energetic dog. Please sign this petition demanding that Bobby’s owner release him from this sickening solitary confinement or surrender him.
Dear Bridgeport law enforcement,
Although the kennel that Bobby the dog is being held in is supposedly legal and provides necessary amenities, it is still outdoors, poorly lit, and prevents the dog from having contact with others. Connecticut passed a law against unreasonable confinement in 2010, and this is blatantly unreasonable confinement. This owner has created a “legal” confinement that tortures this dog and the neighbors who have to listen to him cry.
This dog is being punished for nothing. Even if he has access to necessary amenities, neighbors have reported that he is clearly in distress, crying constantly for help and trying to escape. Neglect is not only deprivation of food and water, but deprivation of attention, exercise, and human contact. Therefore, Bobby’s case is a form of neglect.
Dogs are social creatures and it is well-known that they become severely distressed in isolation. It is not a human’s right to jail an animal just because they do not want or have time for the animal.
This dog should be put up for adoption or surrendered if the owner does not free him immediately. At the very least, concerned neighbors should be allowed to walk, play with, or visit Bobby daily if law enforcement refuses to prevent the neglect.
[Your Name Here]
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