Unfortunately, rescuing dogs with large chains around their necks is not all that uncommon for us, but the chain around Stockard Chainning's neck was one for our record books.
This poor, sweet dog had been wandering the streets for over a month until the heavy, burdensome chain finally got caught in the trash-laden underbrush. The extreme weight of the chain made it impossible to escape, and Stockard was stuck there for days. Randy had to break the surrounding small trees in order to untangle the chain. She was afraid and apprehensive, but she was obviously so grateful to be relieved of her shackles once Randy was able to free her. Click here to view a short video clip of Stockard being rescued by Randy Grim.
The practice of chaining is both inhumane and a threat to the safety of the confined dog, other animals, and humans. A dog kept chained alone in one spot for hours, days, months, or even years suffers immense psychological damage. An otherwise friendly and docile dog, when kept continuously chained, may become neurotic, unhappy, anxious, and aggressive.
In many cases, the necks of chained dogs become raw and covered with sores, the result of improperly fitted collars and the dogs' constant yanking and straining to escape confinement. Some chained dogs have collars embedded in their necks, the result of years of neglect at the end of a chain. Chained dogs frequently become entangled in their chains, too, and unable to access food, water, and shelter.