In the town of New Providence, Iowa, a mixed breed and very friendly dog named Bella spent her solitary days and nights chained to a barn. When concerned neighbors brought their concern to social media and posted photos of Bella, the dog’s only shelter was a crude metal piece of roofing, however despite hundreds of calls and emails to authorities, New Providence Sheriff Dave McDaniel stated the dog had food, water and shelter.
Now, thanks to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, life will be more comfortable for Bella. Late last week Josh Calvin made the two hour trip out to meet Bella, and with him came an insulated, custom made dog house, a bale of straw and a box filled with treats and toys. “Bella’s owners were out of town for Thanksgiving, but the Sheriff was able to convince them to accept our offer of a better insulated house, so accompanied by the Sheriff and the neighbors who were caring for her while they were gone, we set-up the dog house, straw, and gave Bella her new treats & toys. She was so happy she kept running in and out of her new house, licking Josh’s hand each time as she ran out,” stated the organization’s Facebook page.
Unfortunately there are no restrictions concerning tethering laws, and although the dog’s immediate living conditions may have been addressed, the Heart Hardin Eldora Animal Rescue Team feel “defeated.” The group of volunteers were the first ones to expose Bella’s substandard living conditions and have been lobbying for anti-tethering laws for years. Amy Haas Gray, of Heart noted “what a slap in the face to all who have worked so hard to get at least where we are today, which was for the Sheriff to FINALLY make Bella’s owners accept a dog house. And then before we could even act the ARL swoops in to claim THEY saved the day? What about all the concerned residents who called day after day after day? The neighbors and locals who have helped care for her and provided when the owners wouldn’t? Those who took pictures and helped document her plight? The many who attended council meeting after council meeting and even put together an anti tethering ordinance and presented it to the city? Those who offered to buy her freedom to the tune of $500? The Fence Project who brought a dog house last year and were treated rudely and their offer of help refused? And of course mine and HEART’s role in keeping this out there so public pressure could prevail and keep this fight on track?”
Sadly there are many more dogs in Iowa in the same position as Bella; chained to dog houses and living solitary lives. Bella loved the attention and human contact; dogs are pack animals and need companionship for their physical, mental and emotional health. The laws just have to change. If interested in helping the Heart Hardin Eldora Animal Rescue Team, please click here.
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