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Montgomery Woman Fights to Save Dogs

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama - A Montgomery woman is pushing the State of Alabama to adopt an anti-dog chaining law that would reduce the suffering of outdoor dogs.

Maryla Webb, who started an online petition on Change.org in January says "It has come to my attention that people do not realize the suffering they are causing their animals when they leave them in the cold or keep them chained 24/7."

Webb explains in her petition that "Chained dogs, who spend most of their lives isolated from contact suffer immense psychological damage."

The United States Department of Agriculture released a statement saying "Our experience in enforcing the Animal Welfare Act has led us to conclude that continuous confinement of dogs by a tether is inhumane. A tether significantly restricts a dog's movement."

The American Veterinary Medical Association says that dogs who are always chained up exhibit more aggressive behavior, which causes more dog attacks.

Webb says she hopes anti-chaining laws are enacted throughout the country, but first she wants to make an example out of Alabama.

California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia all have state laws that address chaining dogs.

Cities like San Jose California and Fort Worth, Dallas and Austin Texas all have laws prohibiting the chaining of dogs.

The Alabama Department of Justice did not immediately return Examiner.com's request for a comment.

CLICK HERE to view Webb's petition.

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