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City of Fort Worth Texas to ban tethering and chaining of dogs

On January 22, 2008 the Fort Worth city council approved an ordinance to ban the tethering and chaining of dogs. It will become illegal to use a chain, rope, tether, leash, cable or other device to attach an unattended dog.

The press release quote a study conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that found that animals that are kept roped or chained are 2.8 times more likely to bite people than dogs not kept roped or chained. In addition - the report goes on - the American Veterinary Medical Association recommends never tethering or chaining a dog because it can contribute to aggressive behavior. Anti-tethering campaigns are endorsed by the ASPCA and the Humane Society of the United States.

If you are convicted of violating the new law you could be fined as much as $2000. In the beginning animal control officers have said they will work with first time offenders to educate them on the new law.

Last year in Fort Worth alone, 25,500 animals were impounded. And unfortunately about 70 percent of those animals never made it out of the shelter alive.

What are your thoughts on anti-tethering laws? Do you have anything like that in your area?

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