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Durham County may approve pet-tethering ban by end of month

Posted September 2, 2008

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— Durham County commissioners are expected to approve a ban on pet-tethering and chaining dogs later this month.

Commissioners met Tuesday to discuss changing the law.

The change would mean that chaining a dog outside would be considered animal abuse in most cases. Exceptions to the proposed law include veterinarians who are treating an animal and those training hunting dogs and police dogs.

Violators who leave dogs unattended could face fines and could lose their animals if they can't find another way to contain them.

Last week, nearly 150 residents attended a public hearing on the law, the majority appearing to favor outlawing pet-tethering.

The effort to change the law is the result of a two-year study that found a majority of animal cruelty complaints were related to improper tethering.

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  • 68_polara Sep 3, 2008

    Does anyone know if this includes dog runs? I hope not, I use one for giving my high energy house dog the opportunity to run off some of that energy. If so, i guess big brother knows what's best for my dog more than I, ya right...

  • Timbo Sep 3, 2008

    Great law! Now, let's kill all the pets where the owners can't comply, even though the pet's basic needs are being cared for.

    Oh wait, how many people that can't discern between people and animals are going to say, "Well, you need to be chained up, see how you like it." Boo hoo. Feel good that this ordnance is going to be responsible for a lot of dead animals.

    Way to go!!!!

  • protectanimals Sep 2, 2008

    I would like to talk with the person or group that conducted the study and proposed the legislation. I think it is a great idea and would like to assist in getting the same laws passed in other NC counties, such as Harnett and Wake.