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On the prowl, tethering in Pauls Valley

Discussion in 'Dog Ordinances & Laws' started by fearlessknight, Apr 26, 2008.

  1. fearlessknight

    fearlessknight Good Dog

    Pauls Valley dog owners who chain up their dogs, as shown above, will be cited for the practice beginning in May as a new city ordinance prohibits chaining or “tethering†a dog in a yard.

    Plans are in place to soon fully enforce a new city law that prevents Pauls Valley pet owners from keeping their dogs chained up for long periods of time.

    PV’s top cop is reminding residents the police department he oversees will be more aggressive starting in May with the enforcement of a municipal ordinance that has created more stringent rules on restraining canines.

    With the act of chaining or tying up dogs now out except on a limited basis, PV Police Chief Dennis Madison said the clamp down will include a more watchful eye on whether or not people are following the new rules for holding dogs in a properly fenced area or dog run.

    At the same time a big push will be on for all pet owners to get licenses for their animals.

    “Tethering is the big problem. These are people who still stake their pets,†Madison said, referring to the act of restraining dogs with a chain or rope.

    “In May we’re going to start citing people who violate this law. Some of these people have already been told about it,†he said.

    “It’s time for them to get in compliance.â€

    The tethering portion of the ordinance now limits the practice of chaining up dogs to no more than two hours in a 24-hour period.

    That means citations are on their way for local residents not complying with the new law approved by the PV City Council in early March.

    With the tethering restrictions now in place, dogs left outside must instead be kept in an enclosed area that also meets the new ordinance.

    “People will need to have either an adequate fence or get a pen that has a top so (the animals) can’t get out,†Madison said.

    The new law calls for each dog to have at least 100 square feet to roam, while the maximum number of adult animals allowed at any one residence is three.

    Yet another change on its way in May will come with the renewal of annual city licenses for pets.

    The $2 licenses already available at the local animal shelter will also be at the PV Police Department facility at 215 North Walnut.

    All that’s needed on the pet owner’s part is the certificate showing the animal’s rabies shots are up to date.

    “There’s no excuse not to get licenses for their pets when we’re open 24 hours a day,†Madison said, referring to the police station.

    The police chief added plenty of feedback on the dog restraint issue has been coming in since a kind of public conversation on vicious dogs began after a local attack back in early February.

    In that incident three Pit bull dogs attacked and killed a small dog being walked by its owner at the time outside of the local Donihoo-Colley Complex.

    “Since the passing of the law we’re getting more input from the public about the dogs here in Pauls Valley,†he said.

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