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Dear Ann Landers,
I just read the letter from "Pat in Avon, Ind.," about the caged dog next door. My neighbor's dog is tied on a short leash, day and night, to a shack in the corner of their backyard. He barks incessantly, and it really gets to me. That poor creature is ignored, except when the owners hit him for no reason. Like Pat in Avon, I approached my neighbors about this cruel and inhumane treatment and was told to shut up and mind my own business. You advised Pat to call the humane society. Well, Ann, I called the ASPCA and was told that as long as the dog is provided with food, water and shelter and receives medical attention when needed, they can do nothing. Something must be done to change the law so these defenseless animals can be helped. What do you suggest? -- Dog Lover in New York

Dear Dog Lover,
The only way a law can be changed is to let your state senators and congressmen know you want them to do something about a law that is clearly unjust. Urge your friends and neighbors to join you in this crusade. I wish you luck.

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Reader Comment
Anya, you're just another stupid woman who believes in this "Odunga" creature. Put your comments on you Facebook page and not here on an advice column where it does NOT belong, you fool!

Reader Comment
My comment is to the person who has seen this poor defenseless dog being hit for no reason. I thought the ASPCA should protect these poor animals and it's not right that they should ignore the horrible conditions that this poor animal is being subjected. People like that should NOT have pets since they do not know how to care for them.

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I understand the legal and official answer that was given about the poor dog next door. I also understand that advocating for change that may never come doesn’t help this particular animal at all. And so plenty of creatures entrapped in hopeless situations can be “guided” into accidentally breaking their ropes or chains or collars or whatever and then guided into a waiting car with a muddy license plate that’s in its way to a shelter or preferably to the home of a dog lover who is eagerly awaiting his arrival… it may not be right but it’s the right thing to do.

jat's Comment
To the IDIOT who wrote the "Odunga" comment. People like you should not occupy space on this earth. All animals are God's creation and deserve to live in humane conditions. This animal needs to be rescued ASAP and cared for.
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