After a two year study showing that a majority of animal cruelty complaints were related to improper tethering, the Durham County Council may approve a tethering ban by the end of the month.

The change would mean that chaining a dog outside would be considered animal abuse in most cases. Exceptions to the proposed law include veterinarians who are treating an animal and those training hunting dogs and police dogs.

Violators who leave dogs unattended could face fines and could lose their animals if they can’t find another way to contain them. (WRAL)

It’s a well proven fact that tethered or chained dogs are responsible for up to (depending on the statistics you find) 25% of reported dog bites. Dogs that are kept chained 24/7 tend to become very territorial of their ‘space’ because that’s all they have. They are notoriously undersocialized and often neglect, facing a life with little to no interaction.

Dogs are naturally social beings who thrive on interaction with human beings and other animals. A dog kept chained in one spot for hours, days, months or even years suffers immense psychological damage. An otherwise friendly and docile dog, when kept continuously chained, becomes neurotic, unhappy, anxious and often aggressive.

In many cases, the necks of chained dogs become raw and covered with sores, the result of improperly fitted collars and the dogs’ constant yanking and straining to escape confinement. Dogs have even been found with collars embedded in their necks, the result of years of neglect at the end of a chain. In one case, a veterinarian had to euthanize a dog whose collar, an electrical cord, was so embedded in the animal’s neck that it was difficult to see the plug. (HSUS)

From my point of view, why even have a dog if you’re not going to make it a part of the family? It’s a harsh, cruel lifelong sentence for a living, breathing, feeling creature who is innocent of any crime.

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