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Chainfree Asheville/UnChain Buncombe event

This is a Chainfree Asheville/UnChain Buncombe sponsored event.  Lets show our support and be present. Remember numbers mean votes to the commissioners. 

 Be sure to wear a RED shirt. 

Please Attend the Buncombe County Commissioner's August 5th Meeting to Show Your
Support to "Push Forward" With an Ordinance to Ban the Unattended Tethering of 

As part of the process to get our proposed ordinance for a ban on unattended tethering
in Buncombe County, the issue has to be an item on the County Commissioner's meeting
Agenda. As of today, your Buncombe County commissioners are NOT going to place our
proposed ordinance on their Agenda for open, public discussion. They have made 
their decision even after we have done the following:

We have presented twice (Feb. 18th and June 3rd) at Board meetings during the "public
input sessions"; offering our proposal, citing nationally recognized animal welfare
organizations, offering research on the positive outcomes of a ban, explaining our
ChainFree's history and commitment to help Buncombe County residents, reporting 
back to them that we had done as they had asked and presented to the Buncombe County
Animal Coalition.... whom overwhelmingly supported us, given a written statement
of support from a local veterinarian, and on June 5th, in email form, made a formal
request to have our proposal placed on their Agenda.

For those commissioners who responded to our request, they stated two main reasons
for not moving forward on our request. Basically, 1) they want ChainFree Asheville
to do like the Mimi Paige Foundation did in educating the public about spay/neuter,
and 2) they don't want to have the county incur any budget increase in the Sheriff's
department. I will be addressing those objections at this August 5th meeting to
prove them to be totally invalid because CFA has done as much or more than the Foundation
did, and there have been no significant increases in operational costs of other 
NC counties when they passed their tethering ordinances.

What has not been stated in public, nor in emails by the responding commissioners....
but has been mentioned in prior conversations with many of them and the Sheriff's
department.... is that they fear a "push back" from influential people or groups
in the county who have or will object to our proposal.

We understand that there is always a different point of view or a resistance to 
change. However, we will not sit by idly and let the opposition have their influence,
without public exposure, dictate our fate. What we are asking is that the commissioners
have an open discussion, i.e. a placement on their Agenda, so that all sides can
state their case with facts. Obviously, we are confident the evidence will convince
them to pass our proposal.

Therefore, I am making a sincere request to all of you who can, please attend the
August 5th commissioners meeting to show our "push forward" toward making Buncombe
County a safer place for its citizens and improve the welfare of its animals.

I am asking that you wear a red shirt so that you will be part of a dramatic visual
statement of support to the commissioners for the CFA proposal and to hold your 
personal comments at this particular Commissioner's meeting. In this way, with 
just me and possibly a few others presenting, the narative focus for the session
will be on our rebuttal to the two objections listed above and to state our right
to have an unattended tethering ban placed on the Agenda for consideration.

I cannot express enough my gratitude for all the support you have given ChainFree
Asheville over the years in donations, fence building, contacting local officials,
and moral encouragement.

This August 5th meeting could possibly be the most important act of support that
you could offer.

Please pass on this newsletter and or the information below to anyone and everyone
you know who believes in our mission. We need to have a sea of red to make it clear
to the Board that there are many citizens who want this ordinance passed.

Date: Tuesday, August 5th.
Time: You may need to consider parking and the fact that you will have to go thru
security..... they will begin their session at 4:30pm and we will be at the beginning
during the open public comment session.
Where: 200 College Street. Suite 326 (3rd floor) You will have to go through
a security point.

How Long: You can leave after the entire "public input" session is over...probably
before 6:00pm.

Finally, many of you may be living in the city of Asheville and have the benefit
of their ordinance banning the unattended tethering of dogs, HOWEVER, you are still
a part of Buncombe County and there are two voting commissioners on the Board who
need to know your opinions. So, please come and show your red.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please email:
[masked] [mailto:[masked]]

Thank you so much!

Patrick Irwin
President, Chainfree Asheville/UnChain Buncombe

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  • Robbie C.

    Great group of committed people who took the time to come to the meeting to show support, and Patrick Irwin's presentation was perfect.

    August 8, 2014

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