Anti-Tethering Ordinance Passed


Miami-Dade County has just signed into law
an ordinance that prohibits tethering (tying up outside) your dog. This has been a big issue for me (as a dog owner), and I’m very glad with the result. I see a lot of dogs tied up within the West Grove, and this post serves as warning that the county will be enforcing this legislation and the penalties include fines up to $500.

Quoted from The Humane Society’s website:
“In addition to the psychological damage wrought by continuous chaining, dogs forced to live on a chain make easy targets for other animals, humans, and biting insects. A chained animal may suffer harassment and teasing from insensitive humans, stinging bites from insects, and, in the worst cases, attacks by other animals. Chained dogs are also easy targets for thieves looking to steal animals for sale to research institutions or to be used as training fodder for organized animal fights. Finally, dogs’ tethers can become entangled with other objects, which can choke or strangle the dogs to death.”

To those who believe that a chained dog is the best way to protect your house, studies have shown that dogs who are inside the house (behind the door) are better at deterring criminals because they are more difficult to subdue.

With the summer months just around the corner, please keep your dog inside during the day. You would not believe the countless cases I see and hear about where dogs left tied up outside wind up either dead or in seriously bad condition.

Do the right thing — treat your dog with the love and respect it gives you every day.

-Stephen Murray


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