Don’t Allow Dogs to Be Left Chained in Extreme Heat

Target: Annastacia Palaszczuk, Premier of Queensland

Goal: Make it illegal to keep dogs chained outside for extended periods of time or during severe weather.

One dog was found dead and another severely wounded after they were left tethered in a backyard in northern Queensland, Australia for the weekend without access to water. The two mastiff mix dogs had been left chained to prevent them from roaming the property while their owners, Jessica Boggs and Peter Ball, were away. The couple had failed to check that the dogs could access their water bowl, even though local temperatures were in excess of 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

To make matters worse, after the couple plead guilty to animal cruelty charges in court, they were both given a lax punishment of $500 each and were permitted to keep their remaining dog. This is partly because in Queensland, like in many parts of the world, it is still legal to keep dogs chained outside regardless of weather conditions. This cruel oversight must be addressed to prevent further loss of life.

Leaving dogs chained outside is detrimental both to their physical and mental health and it must not be permitted. Sign this petition to demand that Queensland do more to protect its dogs.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Honourable Palaszczuk,

In Queensland, it is legal to keep dogs tethered outside while their owners are away, even for extended periods of time or during extreme weather. This practice can lead to deadly consequences, as seen in the recent case where a mastiff dog was found dead after she was left tied up in a yard, unable to reach her water bowl during a heatwave in Gracemere. Another dog was found on the property severely wounded after he because tangled up in his chain. The dogs’ owners were simply given a fine for their negligence, even though their actions were both cruel and irresponsible.

Dogs must not be allowed to spend hours on end in the heat, even if water and shelter are provided. Dogs who are left chained suffer greatly from both mental and physical stress, and are more likely to attack passers-by. We, the undersigned, urge you to push for tougher laws on tethering dogs and to call for stronger penalties against those who neglect their pets in this manner.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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13 Comments

  1. this poor dog no dog should be chained never mind out in all kinds of weather they people that chained this dog out and caused it’s death should go to jail for cruelty better yet chain them out in the heat

  2. Kathy Khoshfahm says:

    Annastacia – Please use your power and position here to change the laws regarding chained animals. The deaths mentioned in this Petition were completely avoidable. Please! Be the voice for those who have none…

  3. Carol Brandt says:

    Apart from the controversy of tethering – – I cannot think of a simpler act of protection than putting out a reachable bowl of water. Or 3. Or 5. Or 10. This is so incredibly avoidable, and those owners have to be so entirely self-absorbed to have let this happen. Fine them $5000, and then throw their rear ends in jail for a few months.

  4. Christine Bennett says:

    RE: CHAINING OF DOGS – PLEASE PROVIDE ADEQUATE ANIMAL WELFARE LEGISLATION AND SUPPORT THIS PETITION.

    Dear Ms Palaszczuk

    State and Federal Governments, as lawmakers in our nation, must ensure that the most basic needs of animals, including domestic animals, are met.

    As a Queenslander, I am saddened and shocked to discover that it is still legal to keep dogs chained outside, regardless of weather conditions in Queensland. As requested in the petition, this cruel oversight must be addressed to prevent further loss of life.

    Recently, a dog died after it was left chained in the heat in Nth. Queensland. This a terrible indictment on an appalling lack of adequate legislation which would have prevented this horrible death.

    Responsible legislation and its application in law, requires that animal welfare must provide, fully, for all basic needs, as should be requisite to the lawful requirements for anyone to be permitted to keep a dog.

    On an international level, the laws of first-world countries must set standards in animal welfare. Shockingly, however, the law in Queensland has failed to instigate and apply adequate protections of animal welfare.

    For the responsible care of a dog, the essential needs of regular activity and socialisation must be met, as with other basic needs of food, water, appropriate shelter and provision for all thermal conditions. These vital needs must be enshrined in animal welfare protections to ensure that the most basic requirements of adequate care are provided.

    The extreme cruelty of chaining dogs for extended periods or during times of extreme weather should be obvious… this is shocking neglect!

    Clearly, keeping dogs in abject misery by such abusive behaviour, as is the neglect of these most basic needs, should violate any reasonable justification in a person being permitted to continue to have the care of a dog. The denial of adequate care forfeits this right.

    The basics requested in the Petition should be the minimal requirement… and justice must also be served to those who abuse these, most basic, needs of any animal.

    Dogs should be kept in a suitably fenced yard, without being chained, and be regularly exercised, as any reasonable requirement for keeping a dog should ensure by provision in animal welfare legislation.

    As a Queenslander, I request your full attention to ensure that these requirements are fully met within State Legislation.

    Regards,
    Christine Bennett

  5. Just ONE WORD for these kind of LOVELESS, SELFISH SICK HUMANS, IS ‘ EVILS ‘!!! WITHOUT LOVES FOR ANIMALS N EVEN OWN HUMAN KIND!! SHAME ON THEM!!

  6. THESE ATROCITIES MAKES ME FEEL SICK!!!!

  7. Nikolay Moltchanoph says:

    Extreme Heat, or extreme cold.

  8. FOR ALL OF THESE GREED AND INHUMANE BREED SOMEONE FORGOT MAIN THINGS IN HUMANES EDUCATION.
    WHO IS IT?
    Stop & pursue this insane criminal rabble and this deformity  –  instantly!
    DEMAND ALL PERSONS RESPONSIBLE IF NOT ABLE TO ACT IN A REASONABLE WAY TO START TO PAY REPARATION TO FUTURE GENERATIONS!
    Not humane than barbaric, really stupid and worthless criminal and ignorant ASSHOLES, which should be banned on an island for their whole lives – the devil should take all responsible persons away! Or not?
    THIS KIND OF BARBARISM AGAINST LIVING CREATURES IS LESS THAN INHUMANE AND MUST HAVE CONSEQUENCES FOR THE CRIMINAL RABBLE!

    THE INHUMANE ASSHOLE – STYLE IS TO STOP!

  9. Denise Baudin says:

    FREE WELL DESERVED PUBLICITY FOR JESSICA BOGGS and PETER BALL, Queensland, AUSTRALIA who kept two mastiff mix dogs chained in extremely hot weather without water for a whole weekend.

    Annastacia Palaszczuk, Premier of Queensland

    Make it illegal to keep dogs chained outside for extended periods of time or during severe weather.

    You have the platform to legislate a law that ensures that people like JESSICA BOGGS and PETER BALL, Queensland, AUSTRALIA DO NOT keep dogs chained outside regardless of weather conditions.

    This cruel oversight must be addressed to prevent further loss of life. PLEASE, DO IT NOW. Thank you.

    Remember those names: JESSICA BOGGS and PETER BALL, Queensland, AUSTRALIA.

  10. Bev Woodburn says:

    The animal torturing arse holes who allow their precious and
    innocent animals to be chained in extreme heat all need a bullet to the head or better chained in the heat themselves and left to suffer.

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