My Favorite “Freedom from the Chain” Story So Far This Year

This story just came to my attention (and maybe yours too), and I’m so damn tickled by it that I just had to share, and add my THANK YOU to Sheriff Troy Nehls and his family for giving this pup the happy ending she deserves.

[AND for paying the folks who left her there to die a visit when the flooding rescinds. I hope that’s a promise the sheriff pledges to keep.]

On May 31st I saw this pic of a dog rescued from the Texas flooding by Sheriff Troy Nehls and a TV news crew and some volunteers.

I missed the initial news story, but below is the video from her rescue. She was THIS CLOSE to drowning, and unable to escape or have a chance at survival. Can you EVEN imagine? What kind of yahoo (that’s my nice word) leaves their dog chained up in a flood?

What do they think will happen to her?

They obviously HAVE to KNOW what will happen to her, but they JUST DON’T GIVE A DAMN. It’s the only possible conclusion one can draw when watching this video, and it’s a painful one. To know that we live side by side with humans who don’t think twice about causing this kind of suffering to innocent beings is a hard pill to swallow.


Each and every year during flooding events, photos come out of dogs left chained and abandoned and subsequently rescued by good Samaritans…these photos are always so heartbreaking!

Unfortunately for the dogs, the rescued are only a fraction of the ones left to die in floods—most don’t survive long enough for help to reach them. Here’s another photo Sheriff Troy posted to his page of yet one more who almost didn’t make it.

I remember horror stories in the aftermath of Katrina in New Orleans; stories of dogs left chained in the rising floodwaters, and volunteers telling me they can never forget the pain of bearing witness to their suffering and tragic deaths.

But the tragic ending is not today, and not for a dog they’ve named Archer…because TODAY is a day to CELEBRATE the kindness of humanity, the goodness that counteracts the crappiness, and the happy endings that are seemingly all too few and far between.

Because today, Sheriff Troy and his family have officially adopted this beautiful pup who will never again know that kind of suffering, and posted this heart-warming photo to his facebook page. Yippee!

Now that…THAT is enough to help my day, and yours, get better. You’re welcome!

To read the full story on the Huff Post, click here:

P.S. Texas law does specifically prohibit this…although it would definitely fall under any general cruelty laws as well. Think maybe it’s time that Texas finally tightened up their anti-tethering law? I sure do!

§ 821.077. Unlawful Restraint of Dog

(a) An owner may not leave a dog outside and unattended by use of a restraint that unreasonably limits the dog’s movement:
(1) between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.;
(2) within 500 feet of the premises of a school; or
(3) in the case of extreme weather conditions, including conditions in which:
(A) the actual or effective outdoor temperature is below 32 degrees Fahrenheit;
(B) a heat advisory has been issued by a local or state authority or jurisdiction; or
(C) a hurricane, tropical storm, or tornado warning has been issued for the jurisdiction by the National Weather Service.