Anti-tethering law for dog owners in Panama City passes first reading

By: Erica Rakow Email
By: Erica Rakow Email

An ordinance banning dog owners from tethering their animals in Panama City has cleared its fist hurdle.

Panama City commissioners passed the first reading of an anti-tethering ordinance Tuesday night. It would prohibit people from chaining their dogs, then leaving them unattended.

Humane Society of Bay County President, Terri Davidson, supports an anti-tethering ordinance.

"Well, to tether an animal, to leave them out on a chain, causes aggression. They become very territorial of the area that they are chained to and then should a child or anyone sort of wander into it and go 'nice doggy', they are at great risk of being harmed. It's just unkind. It's cruel," said Davidson.

There are not any anti-tethering laws in effect in Bay County, but there are in 5 other Florida counties and 9 more have partial anti-tethering laws.

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