Give Now

Brown County Council To Consider Dog Chaining Ordinance

The Brown County Animal Control Commission is proposing an ordinance restricting the amount of time a pet can be chained outside.

dog chained

Photo: Márcio Cabral de Moura (flickr)

Brown County is considering an ordinance limiting the chaining of dogs.

The Brown County Animal Control Commission is proposing an ordinance restricting the amount of time a pet can be chained outside. The proposal states that animals can’t be tied up for more than 12 hours a day. In addition, animals shouldn’t be outside between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. unless the owner is employed between those times. The county commission is in the process of working out the other details of the proposal.

Humane Society spokesperson Jaime Robbins says the community has been largely supportive of the ordinance, although they’ve had a few questions about the specifics.

“There were some concerns,” Robbins says, “enforcement and definitions. You know the definitions of, like chaining versus runner cables. You know, all that kind of stuff. So they do need to iron some wrinkles out.”

Greg Bennett is the volunteer chairperson of the Brown County Animal Commission. He says research shows dogs that are chained are more likely to become aggressive. In his opinion, the ordinance will improve safety, that of the animals and the community.

“My organization from the very beginning,” Bennett says, “stressed trying to alter people’s behavior. We don’t want to go out and write bunches of tickets just to make money for the county.”

Bennett says he is working with the county’s attorney to draft the ordinance.

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From

Search News

Stay Connected

RSS e-mail itunes Facebook Twitter Flickr YouTube

Follow us on Twitter

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Recent Politics Stories

Recent Videos

Find Us on Facebook