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Orange County adopts dog-tethering rules

Posted November 19, 2008

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— Orange County on Tuesday became the latest area to adopt tougher restrictions on tying up dogs outside.

The Board of Commissioners approved an ordinance that limits tethering dogs more than three hours a day and specifies the types of collars and equipment that can be used. The ordinance exempts dogs tied up at camping and recreational areas and animals that are within sight of a responsible person.

Commissioners deleted a section of the ordinance that would have listed the allowable size for kennels.

New Hanover, Scotland and Durham counties also ban or restrict tethering dogs, as do the towns of Roanoke Rapids, Laurinburg and Clayton, according to the Coalition to Unchain Dogs, a volunteer advocacy group.

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  • silvfx Nov 19, 2008

    why do people have dogs and then just leave them in the yard, a dog should be treated as member of the family and should be inside and loved and share in the life of the family. I am guessing some people who do not have the ability to lead or control much in this world tie dogs up outside to give themselves something to control.

  • Adelinthe Nov 19, 2008

    "The Board of Commissioners approved an ordinance that limits tethering dogs more than three hours a day and specifies the types of collars and equipment that can be used. The ordinance exempts dogs tied up at camping and recreational areas and animals that are within sight of a responsible person."

    Good idea to limit, cause until we can FORCE developments with restrictive covenants prohibiting fencing, there has to be some form of tethering just to keep the animals safe.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • HereswhatIthink Nov 19, 2008

    68_polara - I would welcome that dog - the dog pictured is very sad looking to me. It probably has never known love and compassion - if it has lived it's entire life in the situation pictured - do you expect it to look overly happy? It has probably been neglected its whole life - I would bet you that given a few days of good food, love and attention - this dog would look and act differently. Please don't judge the way this dog looks by what a human has made it endure. People do this to animals - they don't do it to themselves.

    and for vbuchanan1969 - I can't turn my head and pretend I don't see suffering all around me - I have to help those that can not help themselves - animals included. Perhaps you should start a group for what goes on in Fairview - I don't know what goes on in that neighborhood but I do know the dogs I see in that general area that are neglected. If I saw a human being abused - you bet I would call and report it!

  • 68_polara Nov 19, 2008

    I'd rather that dog pictured were to stay tied up. I wouldn'd want that thing roaming my neighborhood. But I guess the law is the law.

  • Hammerhead Nov 19, 2008

    vbuchanan, "put a chain on those joggers". How is that minding your own business?

  • HereswhatIthink Nov 19, 2008

    I have issues with my neighbors that DON'T care for their dogs properly! Maybe the dog that barked at the jogger was begging for help and wanted to come along to get some exercise and get off the chain.

  • vbuchanan1969 Nov 19, 2008

    I think concerned citizens should start sending in the addresses of those dogs that need help so animal control will know where to find them.
    HereswhatIthink

    Yep, invite more violence amongst neighbors... This is what is wrong with our society as a whole today... People can not mind their own business. I do not own a dog, but, there is entirely tooooo many "COncerned Citizens Groups" watching everything else going on... Where are all of the citizens groups? Why don't they get together and go down to Fairview and watch and report down there? See where that gets them...

  • vbuchanan1969 Nov 19, 2008

    Just another way to build fences between neighbors. I have owned dogs in the past and even chained some of them... If I felt like my neighbor was watching a clock to see how long my dog was chained... I would probably have issues with that neighbor. As far as joggers jogging by the house and the dog barking at them... I say put a chain on the joggers!

  • HereswhatIthink Nov 19, 2008

    I am thrilled this has finally passed! I would personally love to be one of the people who free some dogs in Orange County that live a miserable existence on the end of a chain and have been on that chain for years now. Imagine - living many years and being able to only move about 5 or 6 feet your entire life. I know some will say "but I only put my dog out on a chain for exercise" but we all know so many are suffering right now that live 24/7 at the end of a heavy chain! I don't ever chain my dogs out but if I were one of those that did just for exercise, I would gladly give this up for the sake of those who suffer day in and day out. I think concerned citizens should start sending in the addresses of those dogs that need help so animal control will know where to find them.

  • whocares Nov 19, 2008

    Huray!!!!!!

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