The Federal Bureau of Prisons announced that it will review its policies on solitary confinement in light of evidence that this practice causes mental breakdown in prisoners. The devastating effects of solitary confinement can also be seen clearly in dogs who are kept chained “out of sight, out of mind” in their owners’ backyards.

Dogs are highly social pack animals. Kept chained alone day after day, many dogs go mad from loneliness, constant confinement, and stress. Chaining can turn once-friendly dogs into ticking time bombs because it deprives them of socialization, exercise, attention, and the ability to escape perceived threats.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that chained dogs are nearly three times as likely to attack as those who aren’t tethered. Many children have been severely mauled or killed after wandering too close to a chained dog, causing the dog to feel threatened. Denied the option of “flight,” a chained dog may feel compelled to “fight” to protect his or her turf.

Please, never sentence dogs to solitary confinement at the end of a chain or in a cage. Keep them indoors and make them a part of the family instead. To learn more, visit

Lindsay Pollard-Post

The PETA Foundation

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