For Immediate Release:
28 September, 2017

Dancing With The Stars Pro Urges Everyone to Treat Animals Like Family

Wagga Wagga – It was 95 degrees when Dancing With the Stars‘ (DWTS) Pro and Wagga Wagga native Sharna Burgess joined PETA US fieldworkers as they visited neglected dogs in Norfolk, Virginia. But as a new PETA US video reveals, the heat didn’t stop Burgess from helping the group give toys, clean water, shade, sturdy doghouses, food, flea treatments, and much-needed attention to dogs tied up in backyards.

Together, the team visited animals who were isolated, who had no clean drinking water, who suffered from parasites, and who had no shelter from the hot sun.

“I don’t understand why animals are kept like this and what kind of a life this is for an animal. They’re not objects,” Burgess says in the video. Shocked by many of the dogs’ living conditions, she urged viewers always to treat their animals like family and never to chain them: “They’re living, breathing [beings] with feelings and needs, and … they need … love and care. Food, clean water, shelter, for God’s sake.”

Many dogs in Australia and the U.S are kept “out of sight, out of mind.” Theyre denied proper shelter and often have nothing but an overturned trash bin or plastic barrel—or nothing at all—to protect them from the weather. Many are deprived of adequate food, water, and veterinary care, and their emotional and social needs are completely ignored. “There is truly no excuse for these animals to live this way,” Burgess wrote on Instagram after her day with PETA US. “[N]obody should ever live this way.”

People who witness neglect should report it to local authorities—and, if possible, take pictures and keep track of how long an animal is without adequate food, water, or shelter.

Burgess is part of a long list of celebrities—including Nick Cave, The Veronicas, 360 and Jason Gillespie —who have teamed up with PETA and its affiliates (whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”) to promote kindness to animals.

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