On Tuesday, August 6th, Linda Norman of Marion County will make a presentation to the Marion County Commission, asking them to ban unattended dog chaining in Marion County. The League of Humane Voters-Florida Chapter will also speak at the meeting about the dangers of chaining a dog . In March of 2012, a 9-year-old Salt Springs boy was bitten
in the face by his babysitter's chained dog. And in February of 2010, a 3-year-old Ocala girl was fatally mauled when she wandered into a pen where four dogs were kept chained to trees. She got tangled in a dog's chain.
Children are the number one victims of chained dog attacks. Not only can dogs attack while chained, they can also break free from their chains and chase their victims. Seniors are the number two victims of chained dog attacks. The ASPCA, The Humane Society of the United States, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, The Centers for Disease Control, and the American Veterinary Medical Association all say to never chain your dog because it is inhumane and leads to aggressive behavior.
Under Florida State law, a dog can be kept chained as long as it has food, water, and shelter. This does not protect the public or the dog. The dog can strangle itself, be stolen, attacked by other animals or cruel humans, and suffer from heat exhaustion--not to mention the lack of socialization and emotional distress it endures. It is for these reasons that many communities across Florida (and the United States) are enacting their own ordinances to ban unattended dog chaining. Counties in Florida that ban unattended
dog tethering include Miami/Dade, Palm Beach, Broward, Collier, Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough, Pasco, Duval, Okaloosa, and Lake.
The League of Humane Voters has asked your commissioners to please consider an anti-tethering public hearing, so that the residents of Marion County may express their views about dog chaining. The commissioners will need to see community support in order to move forward with an ordinance. We are asking Marion County residents to please e-mail your commissioners and let them know that you support an anti-tethering ordinance. We have provided below the
commissioner's e-mail addresses and a "copy and paste" letter (or you can write your own). If you are able to attend the Public Comment segment of the Commissioner's meeting on August 6th at 9am, please do so. The address is 601 SE 25th Avenue, Ocala.
Please forward this e-mail to all of your Marion County contacts---and ask them to become a LOHV-FL member by visiting our website at http://www.lohv-fl.org/ .
There is strength in numbers! Getting dogs off the chain in Marion County can be a reality if we all do our part. Thank you.
"Copy and Paste" E-mail:
As a Marion County resident and a member of the League of Humane Voters, I support an ordinance that will ban unattended dog chaining in Marion County. Please consider supporting an anti-tethering ordinance which will provide safety for the public and for the dogs in our county. Thank you for your serious consideration in this matter.
Commissioner's E-mail Addresses:
David Moore [address removed]
Kathy Bryant [address removed]
Stan McClain [address removed]
Carl Zalak [address removed]
Earl Arnett [address removed]
The League of Humane Voters--Florida Chapter
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