Seeing dogs tied to a fixed object with a chain, often suffering from lack of food and cold weather, is not as common as it used to be, but it is still allowed by law in Slovakia.
Slovak National Party (SNS) MP Eva Antošová wants to change that with her draft amendment to the law on veterinary care. The Sloboda Zvierat (Animal Freedom) animal welfare NGO supports her motion to ban chaining dogs and their torture.
“In particular, a chain, leash, string, and other similar means, such as a belt, a wire and the like, shall be considered chaining tools,” Antošová said, as quoted by the SITA newswire.
The only exception is if the dog is chained for a short interval to be fed, cleaned, checked and treated by the vet, as well as during other activities when an animal's comfort and protection of its health must be kept.