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Q: How do you outlaw tie up dogs?

December 26, 2008 | By Scott T. | 8 answers | Expired: 2141 days ago

Scott T.

I would like to get an ordinance passed that outlaws chaining or tieing your animals up outside. Most of these animals are not taken care of and if they are tied they cannot get food or water if the are not given it. I would like to see these outlawed. IF you have to tie your dog up you obviously do not need an animal. They deserve better. How do I go about making this a city ordinance?

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JimDog
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Dec 29, 2008

I've found the best way to start with something like this is Google. Search for existing laws, see how they're written. Then contact your city/county councilor and ask if they would be willing to introduce it to the council. By handing them some existing legislation, you'll save them time and they'll be more inclined to do it.

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Gayle C.
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Dec 27, 2008

Ordinances such as these are handled through the city or county council. It's often easy to create the ordinance, but just try getting it enforced. That is another matter entirely.

I personally think that a run is a better solution than tying up a dog.

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Anonymous
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Dec 27, 2008

I agree with the concept of a time limit, although that would be hard to enforce. Not that they will be able to enforce any law like that what with services being cut daily. See lots of collateral fallout from these last eight years! Like another poster I have tied my dogs out for a short time so they could get fresh air when the house I lived in did not have a fenced yard. I used a swivel running line arrangement mounted several feet off of the ground on tree trunks so they wouldn't get tangled and had a length to run. Perhaps that could be allowable. And the normal cruelty laws already in place for shelter, water and food could kick in for other issues. Not everybody lives where it is safe to let their dogs run free, or can afford to fence a yard.

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nanette C.
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Dec 26, 2008

You go to your local council meetings or police departments with photos and start raising a voice to the inhumane situation presented by dogs being chained up. We just rescued 6 puppies from a chained up dog that whelped in 28degrees. The puppies nearly froze to death - 4 eventually died - 2 are on the mend and doing well. If we left kids tied to trees... same rule should apply for pets.

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Sandy S.
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Dec 26, 2008

Don't reinvent the wheel! Talk to somebody who has successfully gotten anti-tethering regulations passed in a city preferably in your state. Also, a great source of information is www.dogsdeservebetter.org.

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Ethel02
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Dec 26, 2008

In Pa., it is against the law to keep your dog outside chained or even in your yard without food, water & appropriate shelter, call the SPCA, Humane Soc. or the animal warden, the law may be there already.

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Cindy
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Dec 26, 2008

Write to, and visit your lawmakers and legislators. It will probably take a lot of work, because cruelty and neglect laws are so lenient - all that is usually required is food, water and shelter. I really hate this too, and wish something could be done. Good luck!

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Kiko53
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Dec 26, 2008

Propose it at a town council meeting. They might want you to start a petition drive. California, I believe, has a state law that the most you can have a dog tied out is four hours.

I keep my little ones on 30' leashes for an hour or so at a time in the summer, maybe twenty minutes/half an hour in the winter. They love sunbathing on a flagstone wall or standing guard over the yard under a big oak tree. I just can't trust them not to chase some critter across the road, or end up two blocks away at the creek looking for ducks! Mimi will knock on the door when she's ready to come in. Boo pulls open the door himself if I leave the screen door ajar (not latched).

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