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Off da chain: Tethering law NC

Discussion in 'Dog Ordinances & Laws' started by fearlessknight, May 30, 2008.

  1. fearlessknight

    fearlessknight Good Dog

    Please release me: Local animal-welfare activists seek limits on how long dogs can be tethered outside.

    You’ve seen them: Dogs, dragging a heavy chain or wire from their necks, tied to a stake or a tree or a dilapidated doghouse. The scene around them is equally forlorn—an overturned food dish, a belt of bare ground where the dog paces the day away. They bark, they snarl, they whimper. They have nowhere to go.

    For years, the problem of dog “tethering”—leaving dogs outside for long periods of time while attached to a lead—has attracted national attention. Now, the spotlight has turned to Western North Carolina.

    Last month, the animal welfare group Dogs Deserve Better (http://www.dogsdeservebetter.com) included the region in its tour of 12 states, with stops in Shelby and Waynesville. The goal, says group founder Tammy Grimes, was “to prove that it would be very simple to go into any state and find chained dogs.”

    Turns out, it was.

    “We had a busy day in North Carolina,” Grimes reports. “We were inundated with calls from people wanting help. We were expecting to find at least 10 tethered dogs a day. Well, as it turned out we found as many as 100.”

    Right now, just five states have laws regulating the tethering of dogs. California’s law, passed in 2006, limits the time dogs may be fastened to a stationary object to three hours or less. A Texas law passed last year places strict guidelines on how, and under what conditions, dogs may be tied outside, and makes it illegal for them to be tied out at night. Where tethering restrictions are in place, penalties take the form of other humane laws, beginning with warnings, a notice of violation or citations, followed by fines, which in some states reach as high as $500.

    Many counties and municipalities have their own rules. But while one county in North Carolina—New Hanover—has moved to ban tethering outright, the state has yet to enact its own law limiting the practice.

    A bill introduced by state Sen. Janet Cowell, S.B. 1172, would change that, limiting a dog’s time on a outside chain or tether to no more than six hours a day and bringing other humane guidelines to bear. But currently, the bill is stalled in the General Assembly.

    Tethering, says Asheville resident and anti-tethering activist Lisa Leming, “gives the green light to so many kind of abuses.” She cites a few of the worst examples she’s seen, including a pregnant dog that appeared at a local shelter a day away from whelping, dragging a ragged chain and stake behind her.

    “It’s terrible,” Leming says. “And as far as the law is concerned, it’s way overdue.”

    To voice your opinion about a statewide anti-tethering law, contact Sen. Tom Apodaca (toma@ncleg.net) or Rep. Susan Fisher (susanf@ncleg.net).

  2. fearlessknight

    fearlessknight Good Dog

    Why on earth do people have to be so closed and narrow minded when it comes to something? And why oh why do these states have to be so ghetto about everything? :no2:
  3. XXX

    XXX Good Dog

    Sure so I should just let my dogs run free so they can be more like their wolf brothers? And then when Angel kills my neighbors cocka-crapple or whatever the hell that thing is.. I should vbe held responsible right? Seeing as I was doing the world a favor by not keeping her properly contained. Especially in a situation like mine when I work 12 hour shifts 6am-6pm. "Sorry boss I gotta go home and let my dog inside for an hour before I chain her back up." I can see that going over like a tub of shit.
  4. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Administrator

    That dog picture in the article, I'm pretty sure that is the dog that was starved in the name of art. I had posted a article about that last year.
  5. fearlessknight

    fearlessknight Good Dog

    Damn, I sure have missed your posts! Good to have you back...

    LMAO @ the tub of shit crack! How true it is though!

    You missed all of the crap with South Carolina (it is all still going on though) they said....oh hell I will send you the links....
  6. CoolHandJean

    CoolHandJean Krypto Super Dog

    Grrr, this pissed me off so much. My dogs are "tethered" but they are in great condition. They aren't whimpering or snarling. Their dog houses are fine. They have plenty of water. I don't just leave food out with them though, because they are chow hounds and would overeat.
    Also, banning "tethering" only hurts the responsible owners. If someone is going to abuse or ignore their dog, they are going to do it whether it's in a pen, on a chain, or in the house. Most likely, the people will continue to chain, and when they get a fine, they will then just let the dogs run loose, instead of containing their dog at all.
  7. CoolHandJean

    CoolHandJean Krypto Super Dog

    You're right. It does look like that same dog. What dumba$$!
  8. Friski63

    Friski63 Banned

    We have a law in Albuquerque that says a dog can't be teathered up for more than an hour. Some guy got a month in jail for chaining his pit just the other day.

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