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Petition to Catawba County Commissioners to End Tethering in Catawba County

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Many dogs in Catawba County NC are tethered on a chain in backyards for their entire lives. Tethering needs to be ended and an Ordinance needs to be put into place by the Board of County Commissioners in Catawba County to stop this inhumane practice.. Many counties and cities in the State of North Carolina have already put through ordnances against tethering as far back as 2008. Asheville, North Carolina, Cary, North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Clayton, North Carolina, Cumberland County, North Carolina, Davidson, North Carolina, Durham County, North Carolina, Enfield, North Carolina, Guilford County, North Carolina, New Hanover County, North Carolina, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg, but NOT Catawba County. The terms “tethering” and “chaining” refer to the practice of fastening a dog to a stationary object and leaving him unattended. The term “chaining” tends to refer to situations where thick, heavy chains are used. “Tethering” is more often referred to partial restraint on a rope, lighter chain or pulley, which is the more prevalent form of tethering. These terms are not meant to refer to an animal being walked on a leash, or cases of supervised, temporary tethering while an owner is present. As you ride through the neighborhoods in both rural and city areas of Catawba County, dogs are tethered to dog houses, sticks in the ground, and many other ways. For years they live in their own excrement, some not fed correctly, no human interaction, no toys, nothing, just a dog tied to a chain many until they die on the chain. In the winter you see them shivering in the cold, wet from snow, and filthy from the mud from snow that has melted. Often their water is frozen, many are unfed and thin. In the summer many have green water from not being changed and are forced to lie under the hot sun hours upon hours each day. How does tethering dogs pose a danger to humans?Tethering is not only bad for dogs—it is a high risk factor in serious dog bites and attacks. Dogs unable to retreat from perceived or real threats can act out aggressively when approached. Dogs tethered for long periods can become highly aggressive. Dogs feel naturally protective of their territory; when confronted with a perceived threat, they respond according to their fight-or-flight instinct. A tied dog, unable to take flight, resorts to fight, attacking any unfamiliar animal or person who unwittingly wanders into his or her territory. Tragically, the victims of such attacks are often children who approach the dog unaware of the risks. Furthermore, a tethered dog who finally does get loose from his chains may remain aggressive, and is likely to chase and attack unsuspecting passersby and pets because s/he has developed severe behavior problems from long-term, intensive confinement. We the Citizens of Catawba County NC are asking The Board of County Commissioners to Pass a “NO TETHERING” Ordinance. Dogs are thought of as a family member and are not just “lawn jewelry” There are Pet stores, Animal hospitals, Pet sitters, and people who love their dogs. Dogs are used to go to see elderly patients, children who are desperately ill, and the mentally ill. There are Police dogs who help the Officers of  Catawba County and consider them their Partner .” There are Dogs who help our Vets when they come home from war and Officers fighting overseas have dogs with them who protect them.  The dogs of Catawba County deserve a “NO TETHERING “Ordinance.      


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