Campaign to end the 24/7 tethering of dogs in Chatham County
Write or call the Chatham County, NC commissioners to respectfully ask that they include a tethering restriction in the animal ordinances revision
CHATHAM COUNTY, NC COMMISSIONERS:
Walter Petty (chair) 919-200-1940. firstname.lastname@example.org
Brian Bock (vice chair) 919-533-9807. email@example.com
Sally Kost 919-696-7840. firstname.lastname@example.org
Pam Stewart 919-930-1044. email@example.com
Mike Cross 919-774-3309. firstname.lastname@example.org
Guardians of Angels Humane Society, Inc.
Position on the Continual Tethering (eg, Tying) of Dogs
- The continual tethering of a dog is often a pathway to abuse and neglect, leads to aggressive behavior, biting and unwanted pregnancy while exposing animals to attack, extreme weather, often without shelter or water.
- Counties where continual tethering is permitted can foster dog fighting which in turn fosters violence, gambling, and illicit drug use.
- Humane tethering" is not humane by any current standard and does not address issues of aggressive behavior, biting, unwanted pregnancy, and exposure to weather extremes and attack. A reasonable and realistic time period which limits consecutive tethering (tying), coupled with a spay/neuter program, appropriate equipment, and provision of adequate and humane shelter and safety, does.
- In considering this position, the following rationale is helpful:
- 1. NC state-mandated Animal Control Agencies, including that of Chatham County, is required to address animal neglect and cruelty, and is thus funded to do so. While comparisons to other NC counties are helpful, it would be more helpful to compare approaches to animal issues from a cross section of the United States, including the 22 states which have enacted state-wide bans against the tethering of animals.
- 2. It is realistic to assume that some tethering violations will go unreported, and reasonable to assume that responsible owners who exceed tethering time limits will not be reported by neighbors and concerned citizens.
- 3. In the pursuit of neglect and cruelty, it is also reasonable to assume that no one will be setting an alarm clock or utilizing a stop watch to report responsible pet owners. Animal Control and Law Enforcement Officers are hired and trained to use discretion in all circumstances, and to discern false reports.
- 4. While the pursuit and prosecution of cruelty and neglect is a specifically mandated and funded responsibility of Chatham County Animal Control, the identification and prosecution of cruelty and neglect is not the exclusive burden of Animal Control, but also the neighbors, concerned citizens and the District Attorney's Office.
- 5. NC Statute 19 - A (and others) call for Animal Control, the Sheriff's office and Police officers to enforce such laws and it is the responsibility of Chatham County to require training, provide support and provide salary parity for its officers. The enforcement of NC laws is the mandate, and not the option of all law enforcement officers. If additional AC Officer positions are needed, they should be budgeted and added.
- 6. Any tethering ordinance applies primarily to unsupervised tethering, not to dogs in fenced yards, owners and dogs at work or play, or other good common sense and responsible guardianship of pets.
- Guardians of Angels Remains Committed to Community Education and Support
“Education is key, compromises are necessary, a long phase in period is critical, and partnerships with non-profit groups (are) important,” Commissioner Bock said. “I believe that the data does support the argument for an ordinance governing unattended tethering and that a reasonable time limit should be included in the ordinance. I have seen first-hand how dogs can be mistreated while tied up, I've seen how an otherwise good pet becomes aggressive and dangerous to children who happen to get too close, I've seen litters of unwanted puppies born to dogs who could not find protected shelter.” - Chatham County Commissioner Brian Bock
Help us end animal suffering and euthanasia in Chatham County