Portsmouth Council delays vote on dog tethering restrictions, ban

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by Philip Townsend, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on September 11, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 11 at 6:52 PM

PORTSMOUTH--Portsmouth City Council decided to put off a vote to ban dog tethering or enact further restrictions at Tuesday night's meeting. Council members decided that the ordinance needed further study, according to the Virginian Pilot.

Currently, residents can chain their animal if the leash is at least three times the length of the animal and there is water and/or food close enough for the animal to reach.

Councilman Bill Moody says he favors a common sense approach to new tethering laws and asked the city attorney to draft legislation that would limit tethering to three hours a day.

On the agenda was a proposal that would have banned the practice completely.

Kathy Simms lives in Portsmouth and thinks tethering should be okay in certain situations and when it's done responsibly.

"My neighbor's dog jumps the fence from time to time," she said. "It's safer for them to tether the dog when they are outside doing yardwork. That shouldn't be discouraged."

Moody thanked the public for bringing attention to the issue.

"Hopefully, we will come together and do the right thing for the animals in the city," he said. "I think eventually the whole region will be on board with this."

He says three other council members are on board with the three-hour restriction while the others haven't weighed in.

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