High Point City Council to consider tethering ordinance

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Animal rights advocates are one step closer to getting dogs unchained and untethered in High Point.

On Monday, city council members voted to consider adopting Guilford County’s tethering ordinance.

The ordinance states that dog handlers cannot tether or chain their dogs outdoors without supervision.

Chains, cables, wires or leashes can't be used to tie a dog to a tree or any other object.

It's a practice animal advocates like Summer Connor say can make dogs more aggressive or even hurt themselves.

"The collars become embedded in their necks and it becomes infected,” said Connor, the district leader of the Humane Society.   “And they have to be surgically removed and in some cases it causes permanent damage to an animal’s throat."

High Point police say they get more than 3,000 animal calls a year from residents.

Thirty-five percent of those calls are handled by officers -- a number Assistant Chief Larry Casterline fears would go up if a tethering ordinance is passed.

"We would like our officers focused more on violent crime and protecting the citizens," Casterline said.

Guilford, Forsyth and Davidson counties all have tethering ordinances.

The city council will discuss adopting the ordinance at its next meeting on Aug. 17.