The Legality of Helping Chained Dogs

Court case dropped against dog advocate
By Karen B. London PhD, May 2010, Updated June 2021

Tamira Ci Thayne is the founder and CEO of Dogs Deserve Better, which appeared in a previous blog called Have a Heart For Chained Dogs Week. The goal of this organization is to stop the constant chaining of dogs. They educate people about why constantly chaining dogs is inhumane and about the dangers of this practice.

Thayne has taken more direct action to help some of these unfortunate dogs, which has led to legal trouble. She was first arrested for taking a chained dog to the vet and refusing to return him. The dog had been chained for 13 years and left lying on the ground and unable to stand for three days when Thayne intervened.
This week, Thayne was appealing a trespassing charge in Pennsylvania for going onto someone’s property and providing the dogs chained there with food, straw, and water. These dogs were underweight and dealing with temperatures of -11 with the wind chill. Because Krystal Cann, the prosecution’s witness and owner of the property where the dogs were chained did not show up, the prosecution ended its criminal case against Thayne. Without this witness, they had little hope of proving their case. Cann’s dogs remain chained up.
Thayne is working to get legislation in Pennsylvania that will limit the amount of time that dogs can be chained up. This will make it easier to help dogs without breaking the law.



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Karen B. London, Ph.D. is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and Certified Professional Dog Trainer who specializes in working with dogs with serious behavioral issues, including aggression. Karen writes the animal column for the Arizona Daily Sun and is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University. She is the author of six books about canine training and behavior, including her most recent, Treat Everyone Like a Dog: How a Dog Trainer’s World View Can Improve Your Life