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Tightening the Law on Pet Tethering

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A proposed law banning the persistent tethering of dogs in Forsyth County, North Carolina, appears to have the support of the commissioners following a large outpouring of public support.

According to the Winston-Salem Journal, the proposed law is in part a response to an animal cruelty case last year. In that case, the pet owner was charged after two dogs were found dead in her yard. The body of one dog was found still chained to the porch, its skeleton visible through the fur in places.

The proposed ban bars the tethering of animals that causes choking and neurotic or aggressive behavior, and restricting their movement so that they are deprived of food, water or exercise. The law would also stiff impose monetary penalties for violations, including fines escalating from $50 to $500.

Under the current law, pet owners can be charged only if a restrained animal is injured.

It appears the hearts of the commissioners are in the right place on this one. When and if the new law passes, I hope it is strong enough to prevent future tethering deaths.

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  1. paul says:
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    an animal cruelty case? just one? why not ban guns or cars they not only kill dogs but people too….

  2. paul says:
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    an animal cruelty case? just one? why not ban guns or cars they not only kill dogs but people too….