A woman in South Seattle recently woke up to see her neighbors' dog Amber outside her window. The dog was hanging by a chain stretched over the fence, dead. Now dog-welfare advocates are pushing even harder to make it a crime to leave a dog chained and unattended. And with a graphic photo circulating that shows the lifeless dog, coupled with a statewide anti-chain law that's in the works right now, the groups may just get their wish.
As KOMO News reports, the neighbor that saw the female pit bull did so too late.
"(We) looked out the window from our bedroom. We saw the dog hanging, dead," said the traumatized neighbor who wished to remain anonymous. "It was horror. It was just horror."
The dog's chain was long enough that she could get over the fence, but short enough that her legs couldn't hit the ground.
The photo was shown to Kelly Page who runs the Pennsylvania-based anti-chain group Dogs Deserve Better. She says:
"Yeah, it was a hard picture to look at, but it's also the reality of what we see and what's really happening."
Meanwhile, a new bill--SB 5649--introduced in the Washington State Legislature this week would make leaving a dog chained and unattended for a long period of time a crime under almost every circumstance.
In this case, Amber's owners haven't said much, except to say that prior to her death they'd kept her chained up outside 24/7.
It's a tragic death, no doubt, but one that might end up helping to change the laws in Washington.