Alamance Co. explores anti-tethering law that would ban dogs from being chained while unattended

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ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. -- Alamance County and the City of Burlington are both exploring potential anti-tethering laws that would ban dogs from being chained while left unattended.

Alamance County Planning Director Jason Martin says county commissioners received a request from an animal advocacy group to explore an anti-tethering ordinance.

There are currently no laws in Alamance County that prohibit the unsupervised chaining of dogs.

Martin says his department drafted an ordinance that closely mirrors Guilford County’s law and will be presenting the draft to the Alamance County Planning Board next month.

Guilford County approved an ordinance in 2013 that bans pet owners from leaving dogs on a rope or chain unless the dog is view of the owner.

Violators will receive civil fines.

Martin says the draft ordinance would require a public hearing and approval from Alamance County Commissioners, even if it clears the planning board.

Earlier this month, Burlington City Council directed Burlington Animal Services Director Jessica Arias to also explore potential anti-tethering regulations for the city.

Arias tells FOX8 the City of Burlington has received a lot of interest from the community to address the issue.

She will make a presentation in August to city council after research that includes speaking with other Piedmont communities with similar laws.

Forsyth and Guilford Counties have both enacted anti-tethering laws.

Guilford County’s ban took effect in March and officials say they will spend the next year educating the community about the new law before issuing any fines.

Full enforcement begins September 2015.

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