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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. 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.

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