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Legislative Alerts

COLBERT COUNTY, AL 01/18/08


ANIMAL LAW ALERT;
COLBERT COUNTY, AL


This proposed ordinance covers: Tethering



PLEASE TAKE THE TIME AND MAKE THE CALL!


Colbert County's animal control director is asking the county's larger municipalities to consider an ordinance that would outlaw chaining dogs.



Just remember, as soon as anti-tethering legislation is well established, it is time to start the anti-kennel legislation (I have seen references to “cage rage” by ARistas already), then comes anti-crate. Then it is time to pitch a fit about leaving your dog alone in the yard, and then leaving it alone all day in the house. Equating confinement with cruelty is the strategy of the ARistas. Any argument that you make against tethering, can be made against any other form of confinement.

You all have seen dogs exhibiting barrier frustration running up and down a fence barking aggressively. This "makes" a dog as aggressive as tethering so it will need to be legislated against as well. The cycle will not end until no one can keep dogs--mission accomplished.
The truth is, a dog is not made aggressive by a type of confinement. It is a temperament issue. Guard/territorial dogs are more likely to exhibit aggression when confined since they have been selectively bred to be protective of their territory. Foxhounds, huskies, beagles hardly ever will show aggression as they are social dogs who were raised in groups and aggression was highly undesirable and selected
against. Training and socialization will curb aggression in your guard breeds (they learn what is acceptable and needn't be guarded against). Under socialized territorial breeds will be aggressive; under socialized social dogs will usually be timid and submissive when approached.

A dog with a territorial temperament will display aggression no matter where it is confined (house, car, crate, yard or tethered). A social temperament will respond in a friendly manner no matter where it is contained.

A dog on a 15 ft. tether has 706.5 square feet to move around in. Even the U.S. government uses this form of containment for their sled dog teams in Denali.

Tethering is NOT an issue. It is a way of safely confining a dog. Neglect is an issue, lack of training/socialization is an issue, lack of shelter and water is an issue; but containing a dog on a tether is
NOT. It is a perfectly acceptable, humane, and dog-friendly way of containment. ANY ARGUMENT MADE AGAINST TETHERING CAN BE MADE AGAINST ANY OTHER FORM OF CONTAINMENT......AND WILL BE EVENTUALLY. Remember their goal.....total animal liberation from human use.
It is curious that man has been tethering dogs for thousands of years, and man and dog have flourished just wonderfully together, and now all of a sudden it is cruel. Neglect is cruel. Tethering is not.






Please write or call the following Commissioners as it is THEY who will vote on any proposal.





Address:
Colbert County Courthouse
201 N. Main Street
Tuscumbia, AL 35674
Phone:
256.386.8500
FAX:
256.386.8510

Colbert County Commissioners

P. R. Burleson (Rex) - District 1
Troy Woodis - District 2
Tim Leigh - District 3
Emmitt Jimmar - District 4
James C. Bingham - District 5
Howard Keeton - District 6











Position statement on dog containment

The American Dog Breeders Association Inc. (ADBA) favors all forms of dog containment to the owner's property. We have found that as long as the dog is trained, socialized, exercised, and given proper attention, the containment method used is not a factor in its behavior or temperament. DOG BEHAVIOR ONLY BECOMES PROBLEMATIC WHEN A DOG IS NOT PROPERLY TRAINED, NOT PROPERLY SOCIALIZED, AND IS NOT GIVEN PROPER ATTENTION.

All dogs need to have some freedom within limitations. Constant kenneling, constant chaining, or constantly living on a cable run with no off time is not obtaining the ultimate potential that a dog can achieve. THE ADBA BELIEVES THAT THE INDIVIDUAL DOG OWNER IS THE BEST AUTHORITY TO CHOOSE FROM THIS LIST OF APPROVED METHODS OF DOG CONTAINMENT, WITH ADDED SPECIFICATIONS, FOR HIS/HER DOG(S) ACCORDING TO THE HOUSING ENVIRONMENT OF THE OWNER.

KENNELING: A kennel must be large enough for a dog to comfortably have shelter from the elements, enough movement room, a place to eliminate body waste and escape proof. A concrete slab floor or patio block floor over sand is an ideal method to prevent digging escape and for ease of cleaning (Other methods include wire fencing placed under several inches of dirt and pine chips) the top must be secure and escape proof with a cover for protection from the elements. Shade must be provided at all times. A rubber mat or a horse stall mat in the sleeping area prevents pressure sores. The dog should be taken out of the kennel daily for training, playtime, exercise, and/or attention. Constant inspection and maintenance is required of any containment type used.

STEEL CABLE RUN: A 1/2 inch diameter steel cable is run tautly between two in-ground mounts that are made of bent rebar sunk in concrete twelve feet apart and two feet deep, leaving a six inch high loop of rebar above ground level. The cable secured with hammer down cable fasteners. Large steel O-ring, complete with a swivel to correct any twisting of the chain, attaches to the steel cable. The chain should be six feet long of sufficient test chain strength it cannot be broken. (800 pounds to a max of 1,000 pounds is sufficient for most adult dogs.) The collar should be of buckle type, leather or nylon - not chain - with a welded O-ring with swivel for chain attachment, of strength and quality that is equivalent to the test strength of the chain. The collar should be tight enough to prevent escape while loose enough to allow two fingers to be able to slip under it. Collars must be checked often to insure proper fit. The run area must be free from entanglement obstructions. The dog must have adequate housing to protect it from the elements and shade must be provided at all times. The dog should have “off cable” time daily for socialization, training, play, exercise, and attention. A perimeter fence should be in place to prevent trespass by children or animals not belonging to the dog owner. Constant inspection and maintenance is required of any containment type used.

TETHERING: A strong center mount attachment may be employed to safely tether a dog. That mount may be made of a length of rebar bent into a hairpin shape and sunk in cement two feet deep,
 

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Leaving four inches of the bend above ground, or any other strong, escape-proof type mount, including an automobile axel. A large steel O-ring, complete with a swivel to correct any twisting of the chain, attaches the chain to the mount. The chain must be at a minimum five times the length of the dog. The collar should be of buckle type, leather or nylon - not chain - with a welded O-ring with swivel for chain attachment and of a strength and quality that is equivalent to the test strength of the chain. The collar should be tight enough to prevent escape while loose enough to allow two fingers to be able to slip under it. Collars must be checked often to insure proper fit. Remove any entanglement obstacles from the immediate area. Adequate shelter must be provided along the perimeter of the tether area, to protect the dog comfortably from the elements. Shade must be available at all times of the day. A perimeter fence should be in place to prevent the trespass by children or animals not belonging to the dog owner. The dog should have daily "off tether time" for socialization, training, play, exercise, and attention. Constant inspection and maintenance is required of any containment type used.

HOUSEDOGS: Dogs whose owners contain them to the house or apartment must ensure that his/her dog receives adequate exercise to maintain a healthy cardio-vascular system. Housedogs are prone to having toenail breakage and they must have proper toenail care. Often housedogs become overweight due to excess amounts of food and lack of exercise. Owners of active, performance breeds utilize treadmills and other exercise equipment, when time or surroundings restrict the dog's daily exercise/playtime. Going outside should be more than just a trip for elimination of bodily waste. Housedogs should have proper training, socialization, as well as daily, exercise and/or playtime.

IN CONCLUSION: In today's society, dog containment is necessary to protect not only the animal but as a responsible citizen and dog owner. The dog owner needs to take this step to protect him/her self from liability.

Each owner's property will differ, so no one method works for all. All equipment must be regularly maintained to prevent injury or loss of containment of the dog. ADBA approves all of the above methods as long as the dog has adequate care, and nurturing. That care and nurturing must include training, socialization, attention, exercise and play time.

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If you choose to remain uninvolved, do not be amazed when you no longer have any property rights! Your rights, taken away while you are peacefully staying out of the "fray".

If they can do this to your dog, is anything you have out of their reach? Check history, it is full of nations/empires that disappeared when its citizens no longer held their core beliefs and values.

One person CAN make a difference. One plus one plus one plus one plus one plus one.........

Please make the call's and fax letters and be polite. We need to let them know how strongly we oppose this ordinance.

Also if you are not registered to vote, GET REGISTERED! Your local politicians and officials have more effect on your day to day life, then any other government body.

Back those who listen and back you!

The others, VOTE THEM OUT!

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It is URGENT to get ALL dog owners involved in stopping adverse, unfair and restrictive laws that are being passed at an alarming rate. Spread the word and have anyone you know send in their emails to the ADBA so we can keep them informed and help them to respond.
 
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