- Former Sikeston DPS director denies knowing about allegations against detective (7/20/17)1
- Compliance check results in underage citations at four Cape bars (7/19/17)1
- 49-year-old homicide victim found in Cape (7/20/17)
- Buffalo Wild Wings to hold fundraiser Wednesday for ailing Cape officer (7/19/17)1
- Chaffee City Council fires officer facing criminal charge (7/23/17)1
- At least one Perryville cop disciplined for misconduct (7/20/17)1
- Sikeston detective's files about murder suspect missing from DPS (7/18/17)1
- More details emerge in Perryville police-misconduct case (7/21/17)
- Cape homicide victim identified (7/21/17)
- Painted-rock hunts catch fire in Cape area (7/20/17)
Keeping dogs tied to chains is cruel punishment
To the editor:
The other day I was out driving. What took me by surprise was the number of animals that are kept on chains or some kind of restraint against moving in their confined circle. If we tried to invent the cruelest punishment for dogs, we probably couldn't come up with anything worse than solitary confinement on a chain.
Dogs are pack animals who crave companionship. Scratches behind the ears, games of fetch or walks around the block mean the world to them. Curling up at your feet while you watch TV is their idea of heaven.
Many dogs left to fend for themselves at the end of a chain fall prey to attack by other animals and cruel people. Many others are injured, hanged or choke as a result of getting entangled or caught in their tether. A chained dog can only watch as life goes by.
As a supporter of the Humane Society, I urge you to protect and serve the animals that we have as pets. Give them a life they deserve.
If you have a backyard dog, please bring it inside. Dogs don't want much -- just you.