County commissioners will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Aug. 25 on a dog anti-tethering ordinance being considered for 2010.
For more than two years, animal advocates and the county have discussed implementing such a law, based on the premise that chaining or otherwise tethering animals outside is cruel and inhumane, and that the practice contributes to constant barking and even causes dogs to become overly aggressive and attack people who cross into their territory.
The board of commissioners had asked the county's Animal Control Advisory Committee to look at the issue and draft a proposed ordinance.
At a work session Monday, commissioners saw this draft (PDF attachment) and scheduled a public hearing for the end of the month, to be held at the commissioners’ chambers at 200 E. Main St.
The document shows the county's current animal control ordinance with proposed changes either crossed out or added in the yellow highlighted portion.
Amanda Arrington, chairwoman of the county's Animal Control Advisory Committee, plans to meet with her committee to further revise that draft to address some of the commissioners' questions and concerns.
That revision is scheduled to be ready at the Aug. 25 public hearing, Arrington said.
If necessary, commissioners could hold a second public hearing in September, just before the board votes on the final proposed ordinance.
If commissioners approve the new law, it would go into effect after a 15-month education campaign by the county. The ordinance would be enforced by the county’s animal control department in the entire county, including the city limits.
Orange County commissioners also have been discussing a similar proposed ordinance for that county.
We've written several stories about the issue in both counties. Here is a list of the ones available on our Web site.
We'll have more to come this weekend in The Durham News.