• By Kelli Nash
  • Posted Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Advisory Board Invites Comment

The Animal Control Advisory Board is requesting public comment relating to the issues of tethering as a permanent means of confinement of dogs.

Since 2007 the Animal Control Advisory Board has been reviewing information regarding issues associated with aggressive dogs. The adoption of the County’s Dangerous Dog ordinance was a step toward dealing with this very serious issue of aggressive dogs. Studies show tethering as a primary means of confinement leads to aggressive behavior, increases in the chance of a dog bite injury as well in many cases subjects the pet to the extremes of weather without sufficient shelter.

The advisory board has received presentations from organizations and reviewed hundreds of ordinances regarding permanent tethering. Ordinances prohibiting tethering are becoming common throughout the United States with many North Carolina jurisdictions adopting such codes. Currently non-profit organizations exist to assist people with the cost of fencing or other means of confinement for their dogs.

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You may comment on this proposal by sending an email to animalshelter@forsyth.cc or by calling us at (336) 703-2438.

The Animal Control Advisory Board meets the third Thursday of every other month. The next meeting will be held on February 18, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. This meeting will be held at the Forsyth County Animal Shelter, 5570 Sturmer Park Circle, Winston-Salem, NC 27105.

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