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County will not take up tethering

POSTED: October 10, 2012 4:00 a.m.

An effort to tighten restrictions on restraining dogs is on hold in Dawson County.

County commissioners did not discuss the matter Thursday after the president of the local humane society revised her request.

In August, Carolyn Bowen, asked the commission to consider adopting a law that would make it illegal to restrain a dog for longer than three hours.

Instead of a full ban on tethers, she asked commissioners Thursday to consider an ordinance that would prohibit the use of chains without a dog run line.

"We obviously would like a full ban. We realize this is a rural area," said Bowen, who cited severe animal abuse cases as the need for an anti-tethering law.

Last month, Planning Director David McKee told commissioners the county's current animal cruelty laws address neglect issues and noted there have been no documented local cases of animal abuse in regards to tethering.

The measure was on the agenda for discussion during the commission meeting, but did not receive a motion to move forward.

Bowen said the humane society's board would continue to make "baby steps" to address the matter.

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