La Porte to ban chaining of dogs

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laporte1

Houston, TX

#1 Oct 25, 2011
Monday 10-24-11 agenda item #8g discussion or other action regarding confinement of animal/chaining of dogs : submitted by councilman.
Zemanek. After some discussion the council decided to go ahead with adopting a city ordinance banning the tethering of dogs with a chain.

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#2 Oct 25, 2011
laporte1 wrote:
Monday 10-24-11 agenda item #8g discussion or other action regarding confinement of animal/chaining of dogs : submitted by councilman.
Zemanek. After some discussion the council decided to go ahead with adopting a city ordinance banning the tethering of dogs with a chain.
Awesome!
Lomax

Houston, TX

#3 Oct 25, 2011
Awesome..
Thank you

Houston, TX

#4 Oct 25, 2011
Thank you, Councilman Zemanek, for submitting this to council and Thank you, Council, for passing it. There is a house in Lomax you cannot ride or walk by without chained, guard dog looking dogs straining to the ends of their chains and cables barking at you. I often wondered why this was allowed and why anyone would have that in their front yard. Obvious what would happen if one of the dogs actually broke loose. And now, does a citizen have to make a complaint to get anything done or does the city enforce its own ordinances?

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#5 Oct 25, 2011
I expect there will be a little backlash from this as people who have had their dogs chained their whole lives seek to do something with their ill trained animals.

Some will probably be turned loose, some will probably be given up to the pound, some will probably be killed by their owners.

But lets not loose site that no animal deserves to be chained up their entire lives... we should weather the storm for a brighter tomorrow here in La Porte.

Thank you Councilman Zemanek, this is something that should have happened here long ago.

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#6 Oct 25, 2011
LOL

I spelled SIGHT wrong.

What a moron!
doglover

Houston, TX

#7 Oct 25, 2011
I feel sorry for the dogs. The animal control department expects to see at least 100 to 200 dogs brought to the dog pound to be killed because they can not afford to build a dog kennel for $200 and up. Which is worse a chained dog or the the last few days of their life in a cage at the pound and then the the needle?

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#8 Oct 25, 2011
doglover wrote:
I feel sorry for the dogs. The animal control department expects to see at least 100 to 200 dogs brought to the dog pound to be killed because they can not afford to build a dog kennel for $200 and up. Which is worse a chained dog or the the last few days of their life in a cage at the pound and then the the needle?
It'll be a bitter pill to swallow at first, but that is no life for a dog.
Linda

La Porte, TX

#9 Oct 25, 2011
It's about time. Across from the pool on San Jacinto Street is a beautiful white pit bull that has been chained up all its life. I've seen it from a puppy now grown into an adult. It's a shame that that dog has had to endure such a terrible existence. If people want dogs, they have to be responsible owners.
Linda

La Porte, TX

#10 Oct 25, 2011
When will this go into effect?
kidlover

Houston, TX

#11 Oct 25, 2011
I feel sorry for the little kids that have a puppy or full grown dog that they love and they see daddy load the puppy in the truck to take him to the dog pound to have him put to sleep forever. I see them crying for the puppy. Dad says "kids we cannot afford to build a dog kennel and councilman Zemanek says we have to get rid of rover." They kids say "but daddy he doesn't mind being on that little chain. When we let him off he runs right back here and sits down. Daddy say well Regina Reiley at 523 N. 4th street complained and the dog has to go.
sanjacttoo

Houston, TX

#12 Oct 25, 2011
Linda wrote:
It's about time. Across from the pool on San Jacinto Street is a beautiful white pit bull that has been chained up all its life. I've seen it from a puppy now grown into an adult. It's a shame that that dog has had to endure such a terrible existence. If people want dogs, they have to be responsible owners.
Linda I see that dog every day as I take the kids to the school. That is a happy dog. I have seen him get lose several times and he or she always goes back to that big dog house and sits there smiling. I would hate to see that beautiful happy dog be put to death because of people that don't understand dogs.
Linda

La Porte, TX

#13 Oct 25, 2011
sanjacttoo wrote:
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Linda I see that dog every day as I take the kids to the school. That is a happy dog. I have seen him get lose several times and he or she always goes back to that big dog house and sits there smiling. I would hate to see that beautiful happy dog be put to death because of people that don't understand dogs.
Yes-he is happy - sometimes -I have seen him with no water-out in the rain and once in the snow-He has a great spirit.-There are rescue groups that will take dogs like this who are adoptable. The City of La Porte works closely with them. He can live in the house with his owners and be walked daily which is what should happen or he can find a new home. There is no excuse to have a dog on a chain.
houstontrainer

Houston, TX

#14 Oct 25, 2011
Dogs are not humans, they don't like what humans like. I have been training search and rescue dogs for over 50 years. We have an 8' by 10' elevated dog house with windows in it and a swinging door with a cedar shaving lined floor. This morning it was foggy and the ground was covered with dew.2 of the males were sleeping on the ground covered with wet dew. When they say me they wagged their tales and were happy. When we are out on a search mission we have them on a leash. When they lay down to rest while on the leash they lay with tension on that leash. I don't know why but they like it. It makes them feel wanted and loved.
A dog on a 20 foot chain is more free than a dog in a 6 x 12 foot legal size kennel.
urpartlywrong

Houston, TX

#15 Oct 25, 2011
Linda wrote:
<quoted text>Yes-he is happy - sometimes -I have seen him with no water-out in the rain and once in the snow-He has a great spirit.-There are rescue groups that will take dogs like this who are adoptable. The City of La Porte works closely with them. He can live in the house with his owners and be walked daily which is what should happen or he can find a new home. There is no excuse to have a dog on a chain.
The issue is the chain remember? No food - no water - no shelter = wrong for the owner. Taking him away from that owner that he loves is wrong for the LP city council. Yes he is happy on that chain. Why make him unhappy?

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#16 Oct 25, 2011
houstontrainer wrote:
Dogs are not humans, they don't like what humans like. I have been training search and rescue dogs for over 50 years. We have an 8' by 10' elevated dog house with windows in it and a swinging door with a cedar shaving lined floor. This morning it was foggy and the ground was covered with dew.2 of the males were sleeping on the ground covered with wet dew. When they say me they wagged their tales and were happy. When we are out on a search mission we have them on a leash. When they lay down to rest while on the leash they lay with tension on that leash. I don't know why but they like it. It makes them feel wanted and loved.
A dog on a 20 foot chain is more free than a dog in a 6 x 12 foot legal size kennel.
You are correct. For some reason people think a dog would be happier living inside a home, wearing a pretty little sweater and treated like a human.
Linda

La Porte, TX

#17 Oct 25, 2011
Want my town back wrote:
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You are correct. For some reason people think a dog would be happier living inside a home, wearing a pretty little sweater and treated like a human.
No, you are right-I am sure that they are happy straining and jumping with a chain around their neck, barking at everyone who walks by. They look happy to me. They even look happy when they have deep cuts from the chain rubbing their skin. There was a rottweiler living close to me who was chained in the front yard-she had about three feet to run around on and be happy-the blood around her neck made her happy too. Then there was another dog down the street who was chained to a tree-he was so happy that he ran in circles all day and wound up almost choking himself. Yes-these dogs certainly were happy. They had no pretty little sweaters either.
california

Houston, TX

#18 Oct 25, 2011
The strictest health and safety laws for dogs in America is California. Here is part of the section

c) a person may do any of the
following in accordance with Section 597t of the Penal Code:
(1) Attach a dog to a running line, pulley, or trolley system. A
dog shall not be tethered to the running line, pulley, or trolley
system by means of a choke collar or pinch collar.

So the only restriction is the use of the type of collar.
texas law is ok

Houston, TX

#19 Oct 25, 2011
(a) An owner may not leave a dog outside and unattended by use of a restraint that unreasonably limits the dog's movement:

(1) between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.;

(2) within 500 feet of the premises of a school; or

(3) in the case of extreme weather conditions, including conditions in which:

(A) the actual or effective outdoor temperature is below 32 degrees Fahrenheit;

(B) a heat advisory has been issued by a local or state authority or jurisdiction; or

(C) a hurricane, tropical storm, or tornado warning has been issued for the jurisdiction by the National Weather Service.

(b) In this section, a restraint unreasonably limits a dog's movement if the restraint:

(1) uses a collar that is pinch-type, prong-type, or choke-type or that is not properly fitted to the dog;

(2) is a length shorter than the greater of:

(A) five times the length of the dog, as measured from the tip of the dog's nose to the base of the dog's tail; or

(B) 10 feet;

(3) is in an unsafe condition; or

(4) causes injury to the dog.

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#20 Oct 25, 2011
Want my town back wrote:
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You are correct. For some reason people think a dog would be happier living inside a home, wearing a pretty little sweater and treated like a human.
My dog lives with me.

He's a BIG dog.

That's his name, Big Dog.

It's a name that just came naturally, everyone says, "Man, that is a big dog."

I say, "That's his name!".

He's my diabetic service dog.

He sleeps next to my bed on a couple blankets.

He showed up at my grandfathers park about 8 years ago.

He was a big puppy then.

He had part of a rope around his neck.

It was chewed in half.

I looked for his family for about three months.

I loved that dog the very first time I saw him, and so did my grandmother, though it took her a while to admit it.

He is the best dog I have ever had.

He HATES being tied out somewhere.

He will bark and raise hell, fight and strain trying to get away.

Take him off a tie out, and he is the most relaxed loving dog you could ever imagine.

I love that dog... and I know that dog loves me.

I talk to him almost like I would you... and he understands a lot of what I say because I have always talked to him.

He communicates back too.

He does not actually talk, but he does communicate.

You'll never convince me that a dog enjoys being on a chain.

A leash is another matter altogether, a leash is interactive.

He knows it's time to go to work when he sees that leash and his harness.

He comes right to me and presents himself for me to put his pack on... and goes right into "work" mode.

I've taken him on practice runs in town a few times, took him in to Whataburger with me once.

As soon as I get his Service Dog ID back, he's going EVERYWHERE with me.

I love that dog, did I already say that?

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