Something that really gets under my skin is when I see a dead dog lying on or beside the roadways. Most of the time they are strays but, sadly some have owners. Where we live I see many small pups as well as older dogs running loose. If one lives on a place with lots of acreage then I can understand letting the dogs roam freely. But letting them roam freely near roads is just plain crazy and cruel to me. But if you ask some pet owners why they allow them to roam freely, they say because they think it is cruel to keep one chained up or penned up. What do you think? Which is the most cruel, to keep it chained up or to let it get hit by a car and cause needless suffering or death to the animal and needless guilt to the driver? The answer seems pretty obvious to me. So why is it I see so many dogs dead on the road? So if it's cruel to leave one unchained or unpenned, why isn't the owners charged with animal neglect and/or cruelty? I realize that some pets get away from the owner or is accidentally let out of the gate, and accidents happen. But I have seen far to many animals roaming freely and know they belong to someone, then one day there it is dead on the road. I even see many dogs just waiting by the road, day in and day out, running along the road chasing cars. And another one that breaks my heart is when I see animals chasing after the owners car. I can't tell you how many we have just barely missed hitting because it would chase after the owners vehicle and we not see it behind the car. How many dead dogs on the road do people need to see before they realize what is really cruel and what's not? Am I just being overly protective of my dog or too sensitive? One thing I would also like to mention is that many animals are killed because of food that is thrown out of vehicles. Please don't throw any kind of food or even empty food bags that have food odors in them along the roadways. I think this would also prevent some animals from being hit by cars. Besides it's not nice to litter.