|Barked: Tue Jan 24, '12 2:31pm PST |
|I think it's generally a good idea, but don't like that tethers have to be 20 feet long. That much line will generally get tangled pretty quick. Shorter cables are actually safer in that regard. I wonder if they consider cable runs in this ordinance. Does it mean you have to use a 20-foot leash if you (very briefly) tether your dog when you go in a store while out walking with him? When you tether your dog to the table when sitting at a sidewalk cafe? That would be a serious public hazard.
Tucson, AZ, where I adopted Bruno, has a similar no-tie-outs law. I think it may be why he ended up in the pound- he's a fence jumper/climber. From his body condition and personality, I think he was a family pet and fairly well-socialized with people, but was kept outdoors (had elbow calluses from lying on hard ground) so I bet he was escaping a lot. Hence the trip to the pound.
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