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Anderson council debates tethering, number of dogs allowed

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A proposed ordinance regarding proper animal care, including tethering and the number of dogs that can be legally owned, was discussed at Monday's Anderson City Council meeting.

The amended bill was the fourth item of new business on Monday's agenda. According to the proposed ordinance, there would be several requirements for animal ownership affecting city residents who are not permitted as kennels or residential agriculture.

One of those changes states that no more than four older than 4 months could be kept at any location other than, "A licensed kennel facility or on properties zoned Residential Agriculture."

The amendment goes on to state that anyone who has more than four dogs at the time of bill's passing will have six months to comply with the terms.

The proposed bill also includes requirements for animal owners to properly take care of their pets including clean, fresh water; proper shelter, protection form weather, etc. along with tethering restrictions.

The ordinance bans tethering unless all of the following requirements are met:

  1. "The animal must be over the age of 6 months."
  2. "The animal is in visual range of the responsible party and the responsible party is located outside with the animal."
  3. "The animal is not tethered more than two hours in any continuous 12-hour period.
  4. "The tether is connected to the animal with a buckle type collar or a body harness made of nylon or leather not less than one inch in width and is one inch greater in diameter than the animal's neck or torso."
  5. "The tether has the following properties: A minimum 12-foot length; a swivel type termination at both ends; is not made of chain,; total weight does not exceed ten percent of the animal's bodyweight; and is fabricated of a material that prevents tangles."
  6. "The animal is not outside during extreme weather including, but not limited to, extreme heat, temperatures below 36 degrees Fahrenheit, snow, hail, tornadoes, thunderstorms, tropical storms or hurricanes."
  7. "The animal is tethered so as to prevent injury, strangulation, or entanglement."
  8. "The animal has access to water, food and shelter."
  9. "The animal is not tethered where any object may interfere or impede free movement of the tether."
  10. "The animal is not sick or injured."
  11. "The animal is not tethered in such proximity to any other tethered animal that would allow entanglement."
  12. "The animal is not tethered on any property with an unoccupied dwelling to include, but not limited to, abandoned or condemned buildings."
  13. "Any pulley, running line or trolley system to which a tether is attached shall be no less than fifteen feet in length and no more than seven feet above ground."

The proposal would amend Section 18-49 of the current Anderson City Code regarding animal care.

The council took up a first reading of this ordinance during Monday's meeting and voted to take some of the proposals to the Public Safety Committee for further discussion.

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