Warnings about dog tethering in Guilford County

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A tethering ordinance is in place in Guilford County but for the next several months Animal Control and law enforcement are educating residents about it before issuing fines and penalties.

“As long as owners are tending to the dog while it’s tethered it’s OK,” said Animal Control officer Alexis Bennett. “It’s those people who go to work for eight hours and leave them on it for eight hours that we have an issue with."

Other counties, including Forsyth, in our state have already put tethering ordnances in place which has shown to reduce animal cruelty cases. Many cruelty tethering cases include pets getting tangled in their chain and unable to get to food, water and shelter. Some dogs have been left to live on a chain so long that their collar becomes embedded in their necks. Tethering has also been linked to increased aggression and unwanted litters of puppies.

"Everybody has to attend to a dog that is tethered," she said. "It's not just a dog, it’s a family member.”

While only warnings are being issued now, starting in September owners who don’t comply will be slapped with penalties that range from fines to even jail time. Pet owners who need financial assistance adding a fence can contact unchainguilford.com​

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