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Volunteers Build Fences To Free Dogs Of Their Chains

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Leo Borton drills holes for the gate hinges as other Fences for Fido volunteers work on new dog houses and the rest of the fencing going up to give Lucy and Taz a safe place to run free at their home. Photo By Bill Wagner

By Amy M.E. Fischer for The Daily News

Month after month, no matter the weather, the 4-year-old pitbull was left outside chained to a tree in an overgrown yard near West Side Highway.

The heavy choke-collar around Lucy’s thick neck was padlocked to her chain.

No new smells, no new scenery. Sometimes her chain tangled, and the friendly tan-and-white dog couldn’t reach her ramshackle little shelter, leaving her exposed to the rain and the cold.

“We’d always slow way down so we could see what she was doing,” said Lexington resident Erin Fields, 31, who began tossing Lucy rawhide bones last December.

Fields’ heart ached for the lonely dog. She called the Humane Society but was told as long as Lucy had food, water and shelter, they couldn’t intervene.

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