The haunting image of a dog named Fanny was posted to Facebook on February 4 by The Backyard Dog Project, an organization dedicated to keeping dogs from, well, pretty much exactly what Fanny is going through.
The group, whose mission is to improve the lives of outdoor dogs, can't seem to do anything to ease the sorrowful state of this 5-year-old Australian shepherd. She has spent years on a chain, cowering inside a flimsy shed.
"In Ohio, the laws state as long as [dogs] have some type of shelter and fresh water, there's nothing we can do," Kristin Crankshaw of The Backyard Dog Project told The Dodo.
"The dog warden's been called out there multiple times and if he won't do anything, our hands are tied as well," she says.
Fanny's owner, she says, has rejected several offers from the group to at least make her life a little more livable.
"We offered [the owner] some straw to put down and he's just not having it," Crankshaw says. "People have called and called the dog warden on him."
"Legally, I don't know what to do."
In Champaign County, where Fanny ekes out an existence, anti-tethering legislation might at least limit the time Fanny spends outside on a chain.
(Despite calls from The Dodo, local dog warden Tony Sells could not be reached for comment.)
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