Task Force Recommends Dog Tethering Ordinance
MARION COUNTY- Chaining your dog is something accepted by many.
"We have the right on our property to tether out dog and it should be done humanely."
But it’s considered cruel by others.
"Animals who are tethered for some period of time research suggest they become aggressive and territorial and more prone to dog biting," said Maj. Kerry Crawford.
Maj. Crawford is the chairman for a task force created to study the issue of dog tethering.
After several months, the seven member task force reached a conclusion.
"It was six to one. Six people being in favor of our proposal and one person just respectfully felt that tethering should be acceptable," said Maj. Crawford.
On Tuesday the task force revealed its recommendations on a dog tethering ordinance.
The proposal states "the unsupervised, unattended outdoor tethering of a dog should be prohibited."
"We developed this solution as a proposal for the commissioners to consider implementing this so that it would be something that would recognize the issue of neglect and animal cruelty and yet take into consideration the public and their needs as well," said Maj. Crawford.
The task force also recommends tethering not be allowed in abandoned homes because it could lead to animal abuse. According to the task force the only time a dog should be chained up is when the owner is outside with their pet or while the owner is completing a task that requires the dog to be tied up....and tethered dogs would have to be spayed and neutered.
"This is not going to be easy to enforce," said one resident.
It’s now up to the commission to decide.
"Now we have to take the recommendations and craft it into an ordinance that is enforceable, that will continue to be beneficial to property and be humane to dogs and animals," said Marion County Chairman Carl Zalak. Right now commissioner David Moore says he supports a tethering ordinance. While three other commissioners are undecided and commissioner Earl Arnett seems to be leaning towards "humane" dog tethering.
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