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Petition to Steve Kelley, Daniel Leeper, Pat Edwards, George Spicer, Justin Taylor

Stop dog chaining in Nassau County Florida.

Dear Nassau County Commissioners: In Nassau County, Florida it is perfectly legal to chain a puppy to a immovable object such as a tree and him leave there  - - forever.   The only requirement is that he has food, water and a shelter with a floor, roof and  three sides.  This practice is prevalent throughout this county. Nassau County has yet to pass an anti-tethering ordinance.  As one former commissioner stated, "I am sympathetic, but many of my constituents chain their dogs and they would never support this ordinance."  What's so bad about tethering a dog?  Dogs are highly social animals, but when they isolated, chained and unable to retreat they suffer adverse behavioral changes putting them in a constant defensive attack mode.  That barking dog on a chain is not being protective. He is fearful, defensive and aggressive.     Chained dogs are five times more likely to attack children who want to pet, "the nice doggy" or inadvertently wander within reach of the chain Tethered-dogs have a horrific life as they are subject to extreme temperature changes, pouring rain and even hurricanes.  They are preyed on by mosquitoes, fleas and ticks.  They are usually infested with hookworms, roundworms and heartworms.  They are susceptible to mange and a host of other diseases.   In human terms, tethering is the equivalent of eternal, solitary confinement.  The Humane Society of the United States and numerous animal behaviorists  along with the    U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a statement in the July 2, 1996, Federal Register against chaining: "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."  In 1997, the USDA ruled that people and organizations regulated by the Animal Welfare Act cannot keep dogs continuously chained. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) stated "Never tether or chain your dog because this can contribute to aggressive behavior." The Center for Disease Control (CDC) concluded in a study that the dogs most likely to attack are male, unneutered, and chained. Commissioner we, the undersigned urge you to pass an anti-tethering ordinance in Nassau County, Florida outlawing this cruel and unnecessary treatment of man's best friend.  

Dr. David Fashingbauer
4,462 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Danny Leeper, Steve Kelley, Pat Edwards, George Spicer, Justin Taylor

End Dog Chaining in Nassau County, Florida

“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. CLICK THIS LINK TO REGISTER TO RECEIVE UP-TO-THE-MINUTE EMAIL UPDATES ON THIS IMPORTANT ORDINANCE: unchainmyheart 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  904.430.3868 District 2:  Steve Kelley 904.556.0241 District 3: Pat Edwards 904.335.0260 District 4: George Spicer 904.568.3409 District 5: Justin Taylor 904.625.5624      

Dr. David Fashingbauer
3,151 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to PETA, HBO, John Oliver, Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary

Save the Bowie Zebra from auction! His time runs out Dec 3, 2017

A zebra is being sold at a horse auction in Bowie TX, on Sunday Dec 3rd, 2017. (Bidders must register by Dec 1st, so we have less than TWO DAYS for this petition!) While it is cruel to treat any animal as an object to be bought and sold with no regard for their welfare, very often people only recognize exploitation and abuse of "exotic" animals. Additionally, animal abusers often look for unique animals to exploit. As a result, this zebra is in particular danger of mistreatment but also has high potential for visibility to animal rescue organizations which could hopefully get him placed with an exotic animal sanctuary where he could live out his life free of abuse and breeding. Comments on his listing post on facebook range from uneducated "I want this for my Christmas present" or "This would be a great conversation piece in the front yard" to comments about using him in a petting zoo, for breeding, and even talk about killing him to mount his head as a "trophy!" Zebras do not do well in "domesticated" situations, and are known for their attitudes and biting (meant to be running free, you'd probably be cranky in captivity too!). He would not do well in a petting zoo nor would he give rides willingly unless he has been, or is in the future, "broken" and abused into submission. Please sign this petition for PETA, John Oliver (HBO Last Week Tonight, did a segment on "Bolivian Traffic Zebras" earlier this year), or any animal rescue willing to step up, can register to bid and to rescue this zebra and find him an appropriate home with a reputable animal sanctuary where he will be safe! John Oliver (if he ever sees this petition, which would be fantastic!) is in a position to address a number of world news matters related to the issue of rescuing this zebra and protecting animal lives everywhere! (Matters of trophy hunting, ban on fox hunting, the move to include animal sentience language in the Brexit/EU negotiations, etc) And the starting point? The same beloved animal (zebra) that he featured in his wildly popular "Bolivian traffic zebras" segment earlier in 2017. (NOTE: Regardless of your opinion on PETA, which some reject because they believe PETA euthanizes high numbers of animals particularly bully breeds, please recognize that there is not time to search out, research, and vet other strong organizations that can take action quickly. PETA does not have a bad track record with exotic animals, and has recently been involved in the movement that successfully freed the elephant Nosey. PETA is equipped to handle rescue and rehoming of this zebra, so please put your prejudices aside to sign this petition and help get him rescued!)   SIGN AND SAVE THE BOWIE ZEBRA FROM BEING AUCTIONED OFF TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER WHO SEES HIM AS AN OBJECT OR TROPHY!

Janelle C
995 supporters