Thanks to all who attended the Duval County Anti-Tethering public hearing on Tuesday, March 26th. And thank you to all who sent e-mails to their council members in support of an ordinance that bans unattended dog chaining.
The bill now moves on to Subcommittees for a vote. On Monday, April 1st, the Rules Committee will vote at 10am. The Public Health and Safety Committee will vote at 4pm. To view the subcommittee meetings, please go to http://www.coj.net/city-council.aspx and click on "In Session Meetings on Line" in the blue shaded box at the right of the screen. You can view the proposed ordinance at http://cityclts.coj.net/coj/cojBillSearchNew.asp?type=PL . The Bill number is [masked].
Under Florida State law, a chained dog must have water, food, and shelter. The state law does not provide for public safety or safety of the dog. Dogs can strangle themselves, be stolen, be attacked by other animals or cruel humans, and suffer from heat exhaustion--not to mention the inhumane lack of socialization and the aggressive behavior that results from chaining. It is for those reasons that many counties are enacting their own anti-tethering ordinances. Miami/Dade, Palm Beach, Broward, Collier, Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough, Lake, Pasco, and Okaloosa counties have all enacted ordinances that ban unattended tethering.
Your council members are interested in hearing what you have to say. This is your opportunity to speak up for the dogs. Please send an e-mail to the council members who sit on the subcommittees. We have included their e-mail addresses below and a short "copy and paste" e-mail--- or you may write your own.
Remember, there is strength in numbers! Getting dogs off the chain in Duval County can be a reality if we all do our part.
Please forward this e-mail to all of your Duval County contacts and ask them to e-mail the council members and join LOHV-FL at http://www.lohv-fl.org/ . Thanks for your support with this issue and thank you for being a LOHV-FL member.
Copy and Paste E-mail:
Hello Jacksonville City Council Members,
As a Duval County resident and a member of The League of Humane Voters, I support an ordinance that will ban unattended
dog chaining in Duval County. Please consider supporting Bill[masked] which will provide safety for the public and for the dogs in our
county. Thank you for your serious consideration in this matter.
Subcommittee Council Member E-mail Addresses:
Clay Yarborough [address removed], clay<at>coj<dot>net
Ray Holt [address removed], holt<at>coj<dot>net
Don Redman [address removed], redman<at>coj<dot>net
Lori Boyer [address removed], lboyer<at>coj<dot>net
Matt Schellenberg [address removed], matts<at>coj<dot>net
Warren Jones [address removed], wajones<at>coj<dot>net
Jim Love [address removed], jimlove<at>coj<dot>net
Kimberly Daniels [address removed], kimdaniels<at>coj<dot>net
John Crescembeni [address removed], jrc<at>coj<dot>net
Greg Anderson [address removed], ganderson<at>coj<dot>net
[address removed], rlumb<at>coj<dot>net