From correspondent Tammy Grubb
The Board of Aldermen unanimously passed limits on dog tethering this week.
Police Chief Carolyn Hutchison said the town’s animal control officer estimates there are 40 to 50 locally tethered dogs.
Tethers can include ropes, chains, wires or other lines, even if the line is attached to a cable trolley system. Opponents say the practice is inhumane, and chained dogs are more likely to bark, be aggressive or bite, and become tangled or prevented from reaching food, water and shelter.
Several North Carolina communities, including Durham and Raleigh, have passed anti-tethering ordinances in the past few years. Orange County’s ordinance allows tethering for up to three hours in a 24-hour period, while Chapel Hill prohibits all tethering and sets minimum sizes for outside fences and kennels at 100 square feet for a dog under 20 pounds and 200 square feet for a 20-plus-pound dog.
Carrboro’s new ordinance adopts those fencing requirements but allows tethering up to seven consecutive days for hunting; field, water, obedience or law enforcement training; or veterinary treatment. An owner or keeper also may tether a dog if they are nearby or with the dog, or if a stray dog is being kept during the search for its owner.
We'll have a full story on the new anti-tethering rules coming Sunday in The Chapel Hill News.