Citizens have a little over 3 months to comply if they haven't already with the amended Animal Ordinance passed by the Eden City Council on April 17. The amended ordinance includes a new section under Chapter 3: Section 3-8 Cruel Treatment.
It addresses humane animal tethering as well as sanitary and adequate food, water and shelter. Chains and ropes are no longer acceptable. Citizens were allowed six months to comply with this change once the amended ordinance was passed on April 17, meaning the deadline to comply is Oct. 16. Residents who do not comply will be in violation of the ordinance and subject to the penalties outlined in the ordinance and North Carolina state law. In the case of a serious violation, the police may seize the animal.
The amended ordinance requires tethered dogs to be attached to a swiveled ground anchor by a coated cable wire at least 15 feet in length and of sufficient strength to restrain the dog without breaking. Chains, ropes, twine, cords and non-cable wire are not acceptable types of tethers. All tethers must have swivels attached to both ends to prevent twisting. The area should be free of garbage and other debris that can harm the dog. It shall be unlawful to tether a dog in a manner as to cause injury, strangulation or entanglement of the animal on fences, trees, or other manmade or natural obstacles; or to a fixed-point; or that is under 4 months of age; or that is sick or injured. There should be no fences or objects within the radius of the tether that the dog can get hung upon. The tether must be arranged so as to be free from obstacles that may limit the movable length of the tether.
The tethering ordinance also states that the tether must be attached to a safe and secure harness or collar. Under no circumstances shall the tether be placed directly around the dog’s neck. Tethers are never to be used in conjunction with training collars such as choke or pinch style collars and shelter and water must be present and always within reach of a tethered dog. Properly fitted collars will be required.
Citizens are encouraged to report any of these violations to the City’s Animal Control Division at 336-623-9755, option 4, or go to the City of Eden’s Website Form Center https://www.edennc.us/FormCenter/ and open the Animal Cruelty Report to report an issue.