Community push for anti-tethering ordinance in Davidson County

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DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. -- Dozens of animal rights advocates spoke out Tuesday night, putting pressure on county commissioners to unchain dogs and animals.

"In my opinion, tethering a dog is animal cruelty," said animal advocate Donna Lawrence.

"It's very, very dangerous to have dogs tied up to trees," said Megan Blake.

More than 20 people wearing shirts with the words "Unchain Davidson NC" demanded that commissioners pass a tethering ban, making it illegal to leave a dog tied up or chained outside.

Many argued the dangerous effects tethering has on animals.

"They're going to shut down or they're going to become very, very aggressive," Blake said.

Animal advocates say the county should fall in line with other areas like Randolph and Guilford counties which now have tethering bans.

Forsyth County has a tethering ordinance which only allows dogs to be chained under certain circumstances.

Davidson County has no anti-tethering ordinance in place.

But, the county has formed an animal ordinance review committee.

"I've heard both sides of the story,” said Steve Jarvis, chairman of the board of commissioners. “Some people feel it's definitely not something that's needed. You've got citizens on both sides of the fence."

Jarvis says there's no word yet on if they'll create a tethering ban or not.

Animal advocates say they plan to keep pushing for a ban until one is passed.

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