In June 2016, Carolina Great Pyrenees Rescue took in a Pyr named Goliath. His previous owners had left him unattended on a tie-out, and Goliath’s left rear foot became tangled in the wire. He suffered severe wounds as a result of limb strangulation and chewed off his own foot, likely to free himself. Ultimately, when Goliath was brought in for medical care, the veterinarian contacted CGPR. His owner surrendered him, and a volunteer immediately transported Goliath to the veterinary clinic we use. Our president went to meet him, and along with the veterinarian, decided that Goliath could live a happy, healthy life but that at least his lower left rear leg would need removed. We immediately began raising funds for Goliath’s care. Within hours, he had received a transfusion from another rescue Pyr. The next day, the veterinary surgeon determined that Goliath’s leg was too damaged to save and amputated his entire left rear leg. By the time that Goliath woke up from surgery, our generous supporters had funded his entire veterinary bill. Goliath will be adopted into a loving forever home, but none of this would have been necessary had he been properly restrained with fencing.

We regularly receive applications from families without fencing who assure us they will keep their Pyr restrained on a tie-out, which they argue is safe, and who question and criticize our fencing policy. CGPR does not adopt dogs to those who would secure their new family member on a tie-out. CGPR adopts only to those who provide secure, stable, and visible fencing. We post these pictures so that people can see the kind of injuries that result from the use of tie-outs. We support tie-out bans and applaud the communities that enact them.

Please, never restrain a Pyr, or any dog, on a tie-out.  The below images link to uncensored, graphic images of Goliath’s damaged leg before his amputation surgery.