When a man took an aggressive dog off of his chain, he was shocked by what happened (video below).
In a video posted to YouTube, an anonymous man working with a friend from the Humane Society approaches a dog that has been chained up outside by his owner and tries to rescue him. The dog, Alex, is extremely aggressive and can be seen lunging at the man and loudly barking.
Eventually, the man was able to get Alex into a cage and into the Humane Society's van. While transferring the dog from the van into his truck, he noticed that Alex was staying calm and appeared to be seeking attention, so he decided to carefully let him out to pet him.
"Instead of doing the hands-off transfer that I had planned, I took him out for a few minutes just to get to know him a little bit better," the rescuer said in the YouTube video.
Just 24 hours later, the rescuer recorded himself sitting in a vehicle with Alex, who looks noticeably happier as the rescuer pets him. He says that the only thing that changed from the day before was that Alex was taken off the chain.
"As you can see, the dog that was snarling and lunging and trying to get me yesterday doesn't want anything now but to sit on my lap, so he'll be going up for adoption soon and off to a new life," he said.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, chained dogs often come off as more aggressive than they might otherwise be because being chained causes anxiety and agitation. When confined to a small space with little to no socialization, dogs tend to become more territorial.
The Humane Society goes on to explain that dogs that are chained up for a long time can sustain physical injuries as well as emotional trauma. In addition to potential neck injuries from their collars, tethered dogs can also suffer from bites from insects and parasites, and are in greater danger from attacks by dogs or people.
That doesn't end the list, though -- exposure to extreme temperatures, whether through winter snow storms or summer heat waves, also ranks as a significant danger to chained dogs. On top of that, dogs who are often chained up in the same area generally must eat and sleep in and around their own waste, leading to yet more potential health problems.