Higher standards for dog passes
Cheers erupted in the courtroom of the county administration building on Monday evening after resolutions were passed setting human standards for housing and tying dogs.
The two resolutions did not both pass by a vote at the Warren County committee meeting last month and many animal rights activists who were in attendance to support the resolutions were disappointed. This time it was different. Both resolutions were passed this time, but some changes were made. The committee first voted on the sheltering resolution.
“Basically on dog shelter, I’m going to read the resolution, but you’ll notice one main difference is that we’ve removed the crawl space area,” Commissioner Blaine Wilcher said.
In the failure of the previous resolution, crawl spaces were specifically considered inadequate shelter, but now a crawl space can be considered adequate if it meets the other requirements. Adequate shelter is defined as a closed shelter house with three sides, a roof and a storey with adequate shelter.
Shelters made from easily degradable materials are not considered adequate, nor are shelters with chain link floors. An automobile or the shade or coverage provided by it is also inadequate.
Another change to the resolution is the length of time a dog can be tethered without adequate shelter. Previously, a dog was only allowed to go out without shelter without shelter for eight hours, and now a dog is allowed to go out without adequate shelter for no more than 10 hours in a 24 hour period.
The resolution was adopted on 19-4.
The Commissioners who voted for the resolution were Carl E. Bouldin, Carlene Brown, David Dunlap, Randy England, Deborah Evans, Steve Glenn, Steven Helton, Robert Hennessee, Brad Hillis, Ron Lee, Gary Martin, Daniel Owens, Kasey Owens, Christy Ross, Tommy Savage, Tyrone Sparkman, Joseph Stotts, Phillip Stout and Blaine Wilcher.
The commissioners who voted against the resolution were Michael Bell, Carl D. Bouldin, Scott Rubley and Cole Taylor. Commissioner Gary Prater was absent.
Commissioners approved the updated resolution to then establish humane tethering standards for dogs and this sparked more discussion.
“You will notice that two things have been removed, the estrous cycle and the sections less than 6 months old have been removed,” Wilcher said.
The other change to the resolution was to change the maximum tether weight from 10% to 20% of the dog’s weight. The resolution also states that the tether must be attached to a properly fitted collar or harness and must have swivels at both ends. No logging chain or tow chain should be used as a tie-down, and no pinch, prong, or choke type clamps are permitted and no tie-downs shall be less than 10 feet in length.
“I was going to keep it quiet, but I hope Animal Control – and I think it will pass – but I hope they realize that all these pictures that are plastered on the Internet are not pretty. images at $ 50, “said Commissioner Savage. “These are hard criminal cases and if our animal control runs into a case like this they have to back off and let the real police in because they are not equipped to handle something like this and could really. be hurt. “
Commissioner Evans responded to his comments and said it was a civil resolution and that there are state animal abuse laws that are criminal acts and Animal Control will not attempt to handle these cases on their own. Commissioner Hillis asked if Wilcher could clarify the resolution because a lot of people think it says people can’t tie their dogs at all.
“This is not a resolution against tethering. I know there is an article that says an animal should not be tethered for more than 10 hours unless it has adequate shelter and a lot of people think that it says they can’t be tied up for more than 10 hours. If you read this resolution, if they have adequate shelter, they can be tied up 24/7, “Wilcher said.
This resolution was also adopted 19-4, with the commissioners voting in the same way as on the previous resolution. Wilcher was happy that both resolutions were passed.