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Harrisburg council approves first city anti-tethering law (click to read entire article)

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"Harrisburg is the first city in Pennsylvania to outlaw the 24/7 chaining of dogs.
The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved an ordinance to combat cruelty by requiring that dogs be outside no longer than it takes to "perform a task" - otherwise known as a potty break.
Mayor Linda Thompson is expected to sign the bill in the next week, said Councilman Brad Koplinski, the bill's sponsor.

The vote, on what is considered the toughest ordinance of its kind in the state, came two days after police shot and killed a chained dog so emaciated it was trying to eat another dog also on a chain.The second dog died while being treated for its injuries.
"Chairing is just the first concern," said Koplinski. "Abuse, mistreatment of animals, dog fighting, this is where tethering can serve as a tip off for police."

While several small municipaltiies have adopted ordinanances banning tethering, Harrisburg is the first city and with a population of 70,000, the largest municipality. "
 

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That is serious overkill. According to what it says above, the dog can't be tied outside to enjoy the fresh air, or while you're mowing the lawn or having a barbecue. Basically a dog without a fence is confined to the house except to potty. How silly is that?
 

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exactly and why most legislation lacks common sense law makers and enforcer prefer rigidity regardless of the consequences because it it easer to prosecute an enforce even if it makes on sense. And it not like the law would have had any effect on the case cause the legilation to be brought forward because cruelity charges were easily brought froth without the anti-tethering law
 

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Does "performing a task" have to mean a potty break? To me it sounds like you could tie your dog up outside for some fresh air and to have him out of your way while you sweep and mop all the floors in the house, for example.

I have seen some dogs who appeared bored and lonely because they were chained up way too long, and I think it's nice to try and put some limits on it. But if you don't have a fenced in yard, then your dog is outside only when on a leash with a person on the other end of it. And that seems too limited.

Both of the basset rescues we applied to made us agree to never tie/chain up our dog outside. We agreed to it and spent $2,500 on a fence for her. That was OK for us, but might not be reasonable for everyone. Also, we bring her along when we go out of state to visit family, and we do end up chaining her for brief periods because no one we visit has a fence around their yard.
 

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[quote}Does "performing a task" have to mean a potty break?[/quote] but it is the dog that is performing a task. and Early reported that resident need not worry because the law was only going to be selectively enforced Which is all the more reason to oppose it.
 
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