Officials in Tavares County, Florida are looking to alter an ordinance that would place restrictions on how dog owners are allowed to tether their pets, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Some residents have been petitioning County Attorney Sandy Minkoff to propose a tethering ban on dogs completely.
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, tethering dogs for extended periods can be harmful to the animals—potentially making them more aggressive. Short-term tethering is “generally harmless,” according to a statement. The original legislation allowed the tethering of dogs as long as there is a running line and “sufficient range” to food, water and shelter.
“I have a lot of language I want to see in this ordinance,” says Commissioner Jennifer Hill. Hill supports making the ordinance more strict. A stricter ordinance will cost more money to enforce, but long-term tethering is considered by many to be inhumane and cause aggression in dogs. Have you or a loved one suffered a dog bite?
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