STOP ALL TETHERING OF ALL ANIMALS IN ALACHUA COUNTY, FLORIDA
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Dogs (like people) are social animals, yet hundreds of thousands of dogs in the U.S. live their entire lives at the end of a chain. When constantly tied up outside, dogs become lonely, bored and anxious, and are often denied proper food and shelter. These actions can initiate the development of aggressive behavior
The USDA states, “Enforcing the Animal Welfare Act has led them to conclude that continuous confinement of dogs by a tether is inhumane.” “Our experience in enforcing the Animal Welfare Act has led us to conclude that continuous confinement of dogs by a tether is inhumane. A tether significantly restricts the dog’s movement. A tether can also become tangled around or hooked on the dog’s shelter structure or other objects, further restricting the dog’s movement and potentially causing injury.”
Additionally, research conducted by the Center for Disease Control found that chained dogs are 2.8 times more likely to bite than non-chained dogs. That number increases to 5.4 times more likely to bite children under the age of 12. Chained dogs often become very defensive of their territory and protective of their small area.
The Federal Register Vol. 1, No. 68, United States Department of Agriculture
“The short radius afforded them by their chains limits the dogs to a small area of hard packed earth (or mud) and an accumulation of their own feces. The dogs can become entangled in the chains or the chains can get hung up in trees or other obstacles. Because of neglect, the collars around the dogs’ necks can cause irritation and rub the flesh raw. With many of the animals chained as puppies, as the dogs grow, their collars become imbedded in the poor animals’ necks.” Animal Welfare Institute.
Chained dogs are a public nuisance, notorious for barking. Continuously chained dogs are so lonely and frustrated their only outlet is to bark. When a dog is chained 24/7 he/she does not receive adequate exercise and the lack of mobility is aggravating. The pent-up energy can manifest itself as barking.
- Many dogs are restrained for 24 hours a day in Alachua County
- Chains are often very heavy and short, limiting the dogs capability to move
- Collars often become embedded, leading to painful injuries
- Dogs can strangle themselves if the tether gets tangled or caught
- Chained dogs are often at risk from extreme weather conditions without any appropriate shelter
- Many chained dogs die of dehydration due to the inability to reach a water bowl or knocking it over
- Dogs that are chained are not able to defend themselves from coyote attacks or other wildlife
- Chains often are so short that dogs develop skeletal/muscular deformities
- Chained dogs have been known to be the ones used in illegal dog fighting rings or sold for fighting
- The majority of dogs that are chained never receive veterinarian care or any vaccines including rabies
- Many dogs lack basic necessities including food, water and shelter
- Many of the owners of these dogs never receive warnings or citations and if they do there is minimal or
County and City Commissioners, County Manager, City Manager and Director of ACAS:
It is time to change our antiquated tethering laws in ALACHUA COUNTY. Help end one of the worst forms of animal cruelty in Alachua County. Countless people are leaving their dogs chained for 24/7, some without food or water, inadequate shelter, some get tangled and die, many perish in the blistering heat of summer, and some fall victims to coyotes and other wildlife. The current ordinance 07-17 Section 43a allows for tethering of dogs (animals) in Alachua County 24/7. I am requesting that the Alachua County Commissioners, city commissioners, city and county managers, director of Alachua County Animal Services change this ordinance (#07-17 Section 72.34b) to reflect NO tethering of any dog or animal (NO RUNS) for ANY amount of time in Alachua County and that all offenders be subject to citations and warrants for their arrest if they do not comply with the law. I am a voice for the voiceless.
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