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Hillsborough panel seeks more facts before proceeding on dog tethering rules

TAMPA — Members of the Hillsborough County Animal Advisory Committee decided Tuesday night that more information is needed before a decision can be made on whether to pursue an ordinance regulating the tethering of dogs.

Proponents of the ordinance say some tethering is acceptable, but it must meet conditions such as supervision, tether length requirements and the dog's access to water. Those against it say the ordinance would unfairly make criminals out of those who rely on tethering as a safe way to control their dogs.

The members asked county Animal Services to provide them with information on similar ordinances in other counties and statistics on how they are working.

About three dozen people showed up at the meeting to voice opinions. Another meeting will be scheduled to go over the results from Animal Services.

Hillsborough panel seeks more facts before proceeding on dog tethering rules 10/19/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 10:42pm]

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