MUST EMAIL THIS WEEK: Anti-tethering Ordinance

From: Andrea B.
Sent on: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 2:03 AM
All - The vote is next week, on Tues, 5/28, on this!!!   PLEASE send an email THIS WEEK to save dogs from being chained their whole lives.  IT DOESN'T MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE TO SEND AN EMAIL!   You can copy and paste one I have below.

The emails are below:

Clay Yarborough
Ray Holt
Don Redman
Lori Boyer
Matt Schellenberg
Warren Jones
Jim Love
Kimberly Daniels
John Crescembeni 
Greg Anderson 
Robin Lumb 

[address removed], [address removed], [address removed], [address removed], [address removed], [address removed], [address removed], [address removed]t, [address removed], [address removed], [address removed]
clay<at>coj<dot>net
holt<at>coj<dot>net
redman<at>coj<dot>net
lboyer<at>coj<dot>net
matts<at>coj<dot>net
wajones<at>coj<dot>net
jimlove<at>coj<dot>net
kimdaniels<at>coj<dot>net
jrc<at>coj<dot>net
ganderson<at>coj<dot>net
rlumb<at>coj<dot>net
SAMPLE LETTER 1:  

Dear Jacksonville City Council Members,

I have been informed that the vote on the anti-tethering ordinance will occur next Tuesday, 5/28.  Thank you for your consideration of this important matter.  

It's my understanding that the ordinance you are voting for includes the following:
  1. An amendment to "Section E" establishing an effective date of October 1, 2014
  2. The restoration of "the owner must be outside and in visual range of the tethered dog"
  3. An amendment requiring AC&PS to issue a warning (with a 30 day compliance requirement) to owners not complying with the trolley requirement.

I want to reiterate that I only support "a ban on unattended dog chaining".  Please pass the ordinance right the first time so we do not have to revisit this again down the road.  

I also want to make it know that I am very disappointed at the effectivity date of 10/1/14.  Imagine all the dogs that will suffer through this and next summer, and this winter, before the ordinance is in place.  It shouldn't take more than several months for this to take effectivity.  

Please pass a effective, well written ordinance, one similar to so many other countless counties before you, so that we can ensure our county appears to have researched this ordinance thoroughly enough.  And please make this effective before the end of 2013!!

Again, this is a public safety issue.  Lets not allow one more media story in our county that suggests that we did not treat this ordinance as such in the first place.    

Thank you,


SAMPLE LETTER 2:

Hello Council Members,
 
Hope you are doing well. There has been a lot of talk about the language of the ordinance. We don't see any reason to re-invent the wheel.  Please use what is tried and true in other counties--it is working for them. We have sat through many commission meetings with legislators dissecting all different kinds of language---loopholes in all of them---just to go back to what has worked in the other counties.
 
There aren't any loopholes in "The owner must be outside AND in visual range of the tethered dog".You could even add to that language "The owner must be outside, in visual range, and in control of the tethered dog at all times".

Please make this ordinance effective THIS YEAR!  It shouldn't take a year and a half to enact this.  During that time, countless numbers of dogs with languish on chains, suffering and neglected.
 
We are trying to accomplish two things: Protect the public from chained dog attacks. And protect the dog from inhumane treatment and injury. If the language doesn't do that, there is no sense in enacting the ordinance.
 
"The owner must be within 100 feet of the tethered dog" does nothing about the current situation--and it creates loopholes. The public is not protected. The dog is not protected. Dogs will be left outside on the chain. There is a big loophole here because the owner could tether the dog outside and leave the house (let's say to go to work). How would an animal control officer know? If the officer knocked on the door and left a citation---the owner could say "I was sleeping" or "I was in the shower".  How does the officer prove that person wasn't home?
 
We are including Palm Beach County's ordinance. You might find that you like the wording a little better. It is easier to understand. Notice that "outside AND in visual range" (tried and true language) is the key here also.
 
Palm Beach County Anti-Tethering Ordinance
Sec. 4-24 (d) No person shall tether an animal to a stationary or inanimate object as a means of confinement or restraint unless such person is with the animal and the animal is at all times visible to such person. Choke or prong type collars shall not be used on an animal while such animal is tethered. As used in this chapter, tether means to restrain an animal by tying the animal to any object or structure, including without limitation a house, tree, fence, post, garage, or shed, by any means, including without limitation a chain, rope, cord, leash, or running line. Tethering shall not include using a leash or lead to walk an animal.Notwithstanding the foregoing, an animal may be tethered while actively participating in or attending an organized show, field trial, agility event, herding contest or other similar exposition or event, of a limited duration, that involves the judging or evaluation of animals.
(e) Any dog maintained outdoors for all or part of the day in a fenced yard or other type of enclosure shall be provided a minimum of (80) square feet of open space. An additional forty (40) square feet shall be required for each additional dog kept in the same enclosed area. Each dog shall be provided sufficient shelter within the enclosed area. Any enclosed area where a dog is confined shall be kept free of objects that may injure the dog and shall be cleaned regularly to remove feces. Dogs shall not be maintained outdoors during periods of extreme weather including but not limited to hurricanes, tropical storms, and tornados.

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