Guam – Mindy Larson, a local member of Dogs Deserve Better, will be chained to a dog house in the Agana Shopping Center for a full 24 hours on Saturday, June 25.
She’s hoping to bring attention to the neglect and despair chained animals endure when constantly chained. Dogs Deserve Better is a national, nonprofit, working organization to bring dogs out of the yard and into the home with the family.
Larson will be joining a nationwide event to bring attention to the plight of dogs chained 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The event will begin on Saturday, June 25 at 10 a.m. and run for 24 full hours until Sunday, June 26 at 10 a.m.
Larson said, “My heart breaks when I drive around the island and see dogs on chains that are too short, too heavy, and too far from shelter, water, dry ground, and food. Many people may not realize the effects tethering can have on dogs. We hope to change this through training and education. We’ve already begun to work with folks to improve the living conditions of their dogs. If they are willing to change the situation, we are a free resource to help see that happen.”
Tamira Thayne, founder of Dogs Deserve Better said, “We choose dates close to the 4th of July for this event because it symbolizes the Freedom of America, a nation’s Independence, and we as citizens of this great country willingly give up our freedom for 8-24 hours to stand for these precious and neglected animals…….Dogs want nothing more than to be with us, their pack, and leaving them in solitary confinement is damaging to both the dog and the caring neighbors who are forced to witness the neglect.”
For more information or to volunteer for the event, please contact Mindy Larson at 482-4657 or GAIN at 653-GAIN (4246).