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End Dog Chaining in Nassau County, Florida

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“Be humane, don’t chain.  Use some sense and build a fence.”

In Nassau County, Florida it is legal to chain a puppy to a tree and leave him there until he dies. The only requirements are food, water and shelter.  No toys, no playtime, no love.

There is County Commissioner meeting open to the public scheduled at 6:00 PM on Monday, May 8, 2017 in the general assembly hall (Commissioners Chambers) at 96135 Nassau Place, Yulee, Florida that will pertain to ordinance.

The language to protect animals in the Nassau County Animal/Fowl ordinance has not been updated since October 1, 2003.  Technology and a better understanding of animal behavior have made it necessary to update Nassau County's animal ordinance to protect our PETS, PEOPLE and TAXPAYERS.

PROTECT PETS: Chained (tethered) dogs are often neglected, isolated and lonely. They are subject to extreme weather conditions. They are preyed on by mosquitoes, fleas and ticks.  They are often infested with hookworms, roundworms and heartworm. Improper tethering can cause the tether to become tangled resulting in injury or death. Tethered dogs are more likely to be attacked by stray dogs and animals carrying the rabies virus. Dogs in fenced yards or suitable outdoor enclosures are better protected from attack.  

PROTECT PEOPLE: Animal researchers tell us that tethering dogs makes them aggressive because they are in a constant defensive attack mode. According to a study by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, tethered dogs are five times more likely to attack children. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) stated, "Never tether or chain your dog because this can contribute to aggressive behavior." Dogs in fenced yards or suitable outdoor enclosures are less likely to attack children and animals. 

PROTECT TAXPAYERS: Tethered dogs often break free of their tether.  In January/February of 2017, Nassau County Animal Services collected ninety-five (95) dogs running at large.  Of those, twenty-eight were claimed by their owners leaving sixty-seven (67) in the shelter.  These do not include dogs collected by Nassau Humane Society.  Nassau County Taxpayer’s pay for the dog’s veterinary treatment including neutering, vaccinations, micro-chipping, worming, heartworm treatment, not to mention re-homing costs.  The cost of irresponsible pet ownership costs hundreds of dollars per dog. Dogs in fenced yards or suitable outdoor enclosures are less likely to run at large.

County officials have submitted a proposal to add language to the current ordinance to limit, but not prohibit unattended tethering. The new language allows tethering “not to exceed twelve (12) hours” and will not apply to dogs kept on lands zoned open rural, or used as bona fide farm operations. Similar language has been introduced in other Florida counties and failed to end 24/7/365 tethering.  Tethering time limits are almost impossible to enforce and they don't protect PETS, PEOPLE and TAXPAYERS. Why should rural dogs be tethered 24/7/365? We need to let our commissioners know that this is NOT acceptable language and we want them to prohibit ALL unattended tethering.

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If you want to get dogs off chains in Nassau County:

1.Sign this petition and sign up for updates at unchainmyheart

2.Attend the meeting on May 8th and let Commissioners know that as a resident of Nassau County you want to remove loopholes from the animal ordinance and prohibit ALL unattended tethering in Nassau County, Florida. Wear a RED shirt/blouse/dress to show your support.

3.Email this petition to your friends and share it with your social media contacts.

4.Contact Nassau County Commissioners with the message below.

Dear Commissioner:

I live in Nassau County and I want you to pass an ordinance that prohibits ALL unattended dog tethering in Nassau County.

“Be humane, don’t chain.  Use some sense and build a fence.”

Thank you.

your name

your address, city, state, zip code

 District 1:  Danny Leeper dleeper@nassaucountyfl.com  904.430.3868

District 2:  Steve Kelley skelley@nassaucountyfl.com 904.556.0241

District 3: Pat Edwards pedwards@nassaucountyfl.com 904.335.0260

District 4: George Spicer gspicer@nassaucountyfl.com 904.568.3409

District 5: Justin Taylor jtaylor@nassaucountyfl.com 904.625.5624

 

 

 



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