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6/26/2013 7:45:00 AM
Town adjusted ordinances on dog runs, tie-outs in December
Dave Morefield
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Dave Morefield
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A chained dog may become destructive or aggressive.
A chained dog may become destructive or aggressive.
By Dave Morefield

Recent changes to the Town code made in December, 2012, added two provisions regarding the humane treatment of dogs. 1) Any enclosure housing a dog must be sufficient to keep the dog in good condition and minimize risk of injury, and, 2) The use of tie-outs is now unlawful unless the dog is under direct supervision of the owner. See Chapter 90 (Animals) of the Town Code for the exact wording. Violations of these provisions are a class 1 misdemeanor.

Animal Control Officer Angela Grassi explained the reasoning behind these new provisions:

Dogs are social animals. They thrive on contact with their human families. A dog that spends much of her time alone is more likely to bark excessively due to frustration. At the other extreme a dog that appears to be content at the end of a short chain may have simply given up ever having his social needs met. In either case enforced, long-term confinement in isolation is a form of cruelty.

Officer Grassi has responded to calls where a dog has accidentally hung itself when trying to jump over a fence while tied. She also has had to remove several dogs for safekeeping due to the dog being tangled up in its tie out and unable to move freely or get to water or shelter.

There is also a public safety consideration. A dog confined to a small, unprotected space is more likely to become aggressive. A rope or a chain won't prevent a lost child or stray animal from wandering into what the dog may regard as his territory. Nor will it protect the dog from attack by a predator or from possible theft.

For more information, Officer Grassi may be contacted through Yavapai County Dispatch at 928-771-3260.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Article comment by: Jen g

So because of the dogs that stuck their head through a fence and attacked a small child this law was proposed for containment. I find it ironic in the fact that if those dogs had been tethered properly that attack would never have happend. I hope the town braces itself for the giant influx of sudden at large dogs bound to happen when all these tethered escpae artist possibly agressive dogs are unbound Im already seeing them here in my neighborhood. Properly chaining a dog does not make them agressive neglecting them does. Remember dog owners its only a misdemeanor if your dog gets out and attacks or kills someone or something its a felony and if your dog has a license or microchip they will track you down. Next when the dog agressive pitbulls get out Here comes BSL. Dogs that are chained are usually agressive Before being chained thus the chaining it doesnt make them mean,it is for the safety of the public. So all you pro anti tethering people dont start crying when your little dog or you are attacked by a loose dog that escaped because it couldnt be chained anymore.

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