The public outcry over Blaze the chained Labrador has borne fruit! As a result new tethering restrictions will come into effect in October in Arlington City.
While it is not the result Blaze’s supporter wanted – tethering is still legal – it is at least a step in the right direction.
On Monday, the Arlington City Council unanimously adopted new restrictions on the tethering of animals.
Earlier this month Kristin Banfield of the city of Arlington said publicly that Blaze’s living conditions were legal and his owners were not breaking the law. The dog is “not tied up 24/7 and the cone is on there to keep him from hurting himself further with his allergic condition,” she said.
Thousands of animal lovers expressed their feelings and opinions about Blaze’s living conditions. An online petition signed by more than 15,000 people asked that the Labrador be freed from his chain. The petition prompted the City Council to adopt new restrictions on tethering.
The new laws will go into effect no later than October 1. The laws include regulations on the size of a tether, the length of a tether, and the types of collars and harnesses that can be used when a dog is tethered.
It will also restrict tethering of animals between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. and requires that the animal being chained should have access to clean water and adequate shelter while tethered. The shelter and water container must be constructed or attached in such a way that the animal cannot knock over the shelter or water vessel.
It’s a start, but isn’t the ultimate the complete banning of the practice?
Source: Q13 Fox News