Houston Co. Cities Work to Ban Tethering Pets
The cities of Houston County are discussing unifying their animal control ordinances on tethering.
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#1 Jul 27, 2010
So now "wandering pet" owners will have to have a fenced yard, physical or electronic, or get a kennel, added expenses for the taxpayers. A kennel is arguably more cruel than tethering, confining the animal to a much smaller space. Kennels are usually only required for dangerous dogs. Choking is used as one argument for doing away with chains, dogs can choke just as easily on a collar, a requirement to display the rabies tag. Cases of cruel tethering should be treated as such. Don't allow chains shorter than "X" length, or tether near fences, this ordinance can be worded properly as to not outlawing it totally.
Do the research most major cities ALLOW tethering.
#2 Jul 27, 2010
This is stupid. Go after those who abuse. There is nothing wrong with a fity or sixty foot thether without choke collars.
#3 Aug 26, 2010
I hope this ordinance passes. A member of my family lost a fine dog that would climb a
high fence every time it thundered and also a
large tree fell during a storm. The dog was
easily "spooked" after that...they resorted to tethering inside a high fence.. He was about four years old and a child's pet...
#4 Feb 9, 2012
My husband recently adopted a 70+# a deaf American Bulldog puppy from my local pound in Warner Robins, Ga.after my last puppy died . 7 days later my husbands was in the hospital with knee surgery for a torn minicus. I had major back surgery and am just getting around good. When he was adopted the officers told us about the nuetering but not the tethering laws. Needless to say neither one of us for the month of January could run and catch him when he jumps our 5' fenced back yard. We can't call him he's deaf. Well just three days after he was suppose to be nuetered an animal control officer is at our home writing citations she see's my husband on crutches and me in a back brace. I explain husbands surgery and the unavailibilty by local vets to perform the nuetering inwhich I had gotten on the phone while she was there,citation.Then she stated we were in violation of a city ordinance they hadn't even told us of when we adopted him about tethering. He had jumped the fence and caught,birds, squirrels and rabbits and ate them. I don't want to be arrested or sue because he got out and bite someone or someone's pet. The tether is so long if hr jumped the fence he could still walk around, citation. Then she asked about his food and water she saw where his food and water containers he flipped over. She then said I don't like this. How do you keep a dog from turning over his dish? I went that same day and got a 20gal. galvinize tub he pulls on it to. I installed the invisible fencing he gets on the doghouse and jumps over that. Any suggestions. Will by yard kennel system in march when hubby can hopefully return to work (right now living off 349 a week ins. money.) love my dog can anyone help us.
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