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Program Helping Unchain Dogs

Posted at 11:41 PM, Feb 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-02 00:41:04-05

An Oklahoma program is helping some furry friends live more comfortably.

The program workers face long hours digging, leveling, and posting all for the sake of dogs in Oklahoma.

Unchain Oklahoma is a program focused on reducing the number of dogs forced to live on chains outside.

"There are so many chained dogs," said Erin Shackelford, Executive Director of Oklahoma Alliance for Animals. "It is legal in most of the state. I think there is a few cities like Norman Oklahoma that have banned chaining within city limits. But for the most part, it's completely legal for them to do."

The group works to install fencing for pet owners' throughout the state and also provides dog houses, toys, and dog food.

The group built a fence for a local Tulsa woman who has four dogs.

Her son says his mom is overjoyed.

"It's gonna mean a lot for my mom to actually see that her dogs no longer have to been chained up and can explore her yards," said Jeremiah Johnson. "She has a big yard on this side and that extra backside over there also, so it's gonna be amazing for the dogs too."

Last year the group put up six fences and had five families on the waiting list.

All the supplies are donated, and homeowners are not charged for the fence.

Pet owners must apply and be approved for the program. Unchain also provides dog houses, straw, and dog food to make the dogs as happy and comfortable as possible.

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