The “Visitor Dog” — Bullet — went home to his family last Friday. He’s back to being tied up in front of their house, but apparently all the noise, and the dog’s escape, have motivated the family to bring him inside at night. I’m sure they were worried when he got away and didn’t come home, too. The good news is that his vet has gotten a run for him, so he won’t be tied up any more, and he’s going to have a good dog house.
It motivated me to do some research into laws about dog tethering. Few states have laws about this, several cities and towns do, but Colorado is a state without a law and, so far, the only city that has a law is Denver. Denver’s law is basic. It just says that a dog cannot be tethered longer than 12 hours. That’s got the advantage of making it possible for someone to call the cops, but that’s it.
I’ve presented a proposal to the Monte Vista City Council that our city have a dog tethering ordinance that limits the number of hours a dog can be tied out. It also defines the best way to tether a dog and sets forth requirements for humane tethering. I didn’t write it; it’s the hard work of some people in Smyrna, Delaware. I read through lots of city codes and this one was the best, I thought.
I was looking for a law that would help people learn to tether their dogs humanely AND make it possible for law enforcement to step in. I also wrote it so there would be irrelevant negotiable points — such as the number of hours a dog is tied out. I wrote “8” knowing perfectly that anyone who works an 8 hour day won’t be happy with that. I think it’s important to leave thing for people to get het up over so they can bitch and moan and leave more important questions alone. 🙂
Also, since most fighting dogs spend their lives on a chain, the new ordinance could give law enforcement something to go after people who are involved in that horrible “game.”
I put up a petition on change.org. That’s been interesting as that, of course, has a global reach and there aren’t a lot of people in Monte Vista, CO. LOTS of Germans are interested in how dogs are treated in my little town. I love that because Germans love their dogs and in that world, dogs can really go anywhere with their people — on trains, into stores, to restaurants, on the trams…
So, my proposal is on the City Council agenda for January 7, my birthday.
Oh, here’s a link to the petition. Please sign, regardless of where you’re from!