Stop chaining dogs in Florida!

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Stop chaining dogs in Florida!

On March 9, 2012, in Jacksonville, Florida, seventeen-month-old Dylan Andres was killed by a chained Rottweiler. Unfortunatelty, Dyan join three other Florida children who were killed by tethered dogs. 

A 1996 study, authored in part by Center of Disease Control officials, found that in the five years from 1989 - 1994, nearly 30% of 38 children age 1 to 9 attacked by dogs died after “wandering too close to a chained dog.” According the American Veterinary Medical Association nearly 4.7 million Americans suffer dog bites each year. As many as 800,000 people, more than half of them children, require medical attention. Endlessly tethering dogs increases aggression and makes dogs 3-5 times more likely to attack.

In 1997 the USDA ruled people and organizations regulated by the Animal Welfare Act cannot keep dogs continuously chained.  "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 a 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." 

As of October 2020, nineteen Florida counties and dozens of Florida cities and towns have passed attended-tethering-only laws. These laws allow tethering, but only if the dog’s caretaker is outside, and the dog is visible. Attended-tethering-only laws affect 65% of Florida’s population. 

Concerned citizens along with a growing list of Florida legislators have introduces FL HB 177 and FL SB 650 that if passed, will prohibit unattended dog tethering in Florida. The law is aptly named, "Dylan's Dog Chaining Law.”

Sign this petition and add a comment to let Florida Legislators know that you want to them to pass Dylan’s Law and let’s take dogs off chains in Florida forever.