Animal Rights Group Asks for Chaining Ban

By: Jon Hardison
By: Jon Hardison

Bowling Green pet owners may not be allowed to tether or chain up their dogs if an animal rights group gets their way.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals or PETA has written a letter to Mayor Elainer Walker and the city commission, asking them to ban the chaining and tethering of dogs.

PETA says dogs that are chained are more likely to attack; a situation played out 2 weeks ago when a nine-year old girl was severely injured by a Japanese Akita dog.

One local dog owner we spoke to says she would support such a ban.

"I don't think any animal oughta be chained up," said dog owner Margaret Rutledge. "When you have one on a chain, it looks like you're putting them in prison."

"It's the simplistic approach to a very complex problem. I think what we need to do is be a little more aggressive in our determination of what's acceptable behavior for people who own animals," said Mayor Walker.

Mayor Walker says a chaining ban would penalize responsible pet owners who can't afford to fence in their entire yard.

There is no pending amendment scheduled before the city commission, but that could change before their September 6 meeting.

To find out more about PETA, click here: http://www.peta.org


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