Unchaining the dogs can have adverse consequences-
here's what Halifax had to say-
Halifax County, NC Anti-Tethering Fallout
We have many new adult dogs, puppies, cats and kittens that will be on the list soon, so keep checking back. If you are interested in a certain breed, feel free to email with your interest. We also are in desperate need of foster homes due to the recent law changes in Halifax County. With all dogs having to be in pens and not chained outside, many people are surrendering their pets to comply with the law. We are seeing a huge influx of adult dogs and puppies. Many are at the Halifax pound and are running out of time. If you think you can open your heart and home to these babies, please call or write. These dogs really do deserve a second chance.
A tethering ban will not solve the problems proponents stated. If you all would take off the rose colored glasses, and look objectively at the facts you would realize that the light at the end of the tunnel is a TRAIN!!
Dear Durham residents who tether-I am sorry you all will have to live under the guises of the Dog Gestapo-they have beaten you down to the point that you will not stand up and fight for yourselves...it is very sad. Surrounding counties should take heed--They're coming after you next! Here's an email from their leader....
PLEASE put on your calendar the public hearing on August 25th at 7:00, 200 E Main Street 2nd Floor. If the reason I have not heard from you about attending (and there are many,many that I haven't) is that you are afraid of public speaking, know that your presence alone is so important. At some point in the evening, everyone that supports the ordinance will be
asked to stand up and having as many people there as possible will make such a huge difference. Only people who speak will have to say where they are from so non Durham residents are wanted for the 'standing support.
Again, PLEASE attend this hearing - the impact of this ordinance passing will be major in Durham and around the state!
(she always forgets to sign that she's the North Carolina Director for H$U$)
The meeting was a well orchestrated farce, and it would seem that even the Board was in on the deal-
NEVER have I seen adults in a public meeting be allowed to boo and hiss and act like third graders-YET, those in charge did nothing-they failed to adhere to Durham's rules for public hearings....
The advocates of tethering have every right to their opinion-what they do not have a right to do is treat other people like second class citizens because they DARE to differ--the treatment of opponents speaks volumes about the true character of the proponents attending the meeting. Civility and respect have died and been buried in Durham--and you all are worried about tethered dogs????
I'm through arguing with you-obviously your reading comprehension teacher gave up too-
Once more, aggressive behavior and aggressive dog are two TOTALLY different things! Are you really that thick headed or do you just like to argue?
Please use the number to the AVMA, and speak to someone there that may be able to explain the difference to you-or call your friends on the Board and commiserate with them, because they can't read and comprehend what they read either-
Use the phone number, and since everything needs to be explicitly explained to you, wait till Monday-they're closed today.
Contribute to aggressive behavior and makes your dog aggressive are two different statements!
Aggressive dogs exhibit aggressive behavior in all aspects and circumstances-
BUT...the most passive dog can have moments of aggressive behavior when scared or stressed...
And please call the AVMA on Monday-they DO NOT have a position statement on tethering and I'm sure Dr. Golab will be happy to explain the difference between joint press releases and position statements to you. Then you can refrain from repeating half truths...one down a million to go---
Jalt, or whoever you are-
I have emails from the AVMA, more specifically Dr. Gail Golab, Associate Director of the Animal Welfare Department at the AVMA-She also stated that "Individuals with questions about our policies can call our offices
at 847-925-8070 for clarification." May I suggest that you do this-I do not make false claims, nor do I run my mouth without being very sure of the subject matter. The AVMA does not have an official position on tethering as it is situation dependent.
There is a big difference between the article stating "the American Veterinary Medical Association has determined chained dogs tend to be more aggressive" and your statement "Never tether or chain your dog because this can contribute to aggressive behavior."
These are two statements which put about totally different points which I do not intend to argue with you-
As I stated before, the American Veterinary Medical Association does not have an official position statement on tethering.
Do your homework, and don't rely on others for your opinions or facts....
Several misconceptions have been printed about people who tether dogs-I do not breed dogs, I do not fight dogs,and my dog is spayed-
Other misstatements include the AVMA has determined chained dogs tend to be more aggressive-they NEVER stated that!! In the interest of facts, the American Veterinary Medical Association does not have a position statement regarding tethering. The above reference is from a May 15, 2003 brochure on dog bite prevention that was a joint press release from the AVMA and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. It stated:
"Confine your dog in a fenced yard or dog run when it is not in the house. Never tether or chain your dog because this can contribute to aggressive behavior."
Also, in the interest of facts, the USDA rulings pertain to commercial kennels, and the USDA amended this ruling on September 25, 1997:
However, we recognize that under other circumstances(intermittent use, dogs are vigorously exercised, pets are on running
tethers, dogs have close oversight, etc.) the use of tethering may be entirely appropriate and humane. We did not intend to imply that
tethering of dogs under all circumstances is inhumane, nor that tethering under any circumstances must be prohibited.
We recognize that many persons not subject
to the Animal Welfare Act do tether their dogs. Persons not regulated under the Animal Welfare Act who tether their dogs are likely to be
using this means of restraint under circumstances different than those typical to breeding and wholesale facilities. In these cases, tethering
may be a humane method of restraint. Regardless, APHIS does not have the authority to regulate the activities of dog owners who are not subject to the Animal Welfare Act.
Tethering a dog is situation dependent, just as what size pen a dog should be kept in--owners must be able to use what works best in their situation...Shame on those of you only telling the truth as it applies to your position--If you are going to argue a point, at least do it without lying. I have met a member of the Animal Control Advisory Board-she chose to take my words out of context and attack me on a private email list, and now I see other members of the Board following suit...it's a shame you have to stoop to belittling those that don't share your opinions. See you at the meeting!!
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