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When Tethering Is Life-Threatening
    Jun 12, 2010

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In less than 24 hours, Onni went from a soot covered puppy on death's door to a beautiful, tail wagging puppy with a bright future.

This morning, waiting for her breakfast.
Onni, a bull dog about 6 months old, found her way to a porch on Pine Street Wednesday evening. A good Samaritan called 911 to report that the dog was injured.  That life threatening injury was human caused.

A piece of cord, that Onni had been tethered by, had cut approximately one and a half inches into her flesh.

City Animal Control picked her up and she was taken to Beth Eck at the Bainbridge-Decatur County Animal Shelter. There, the cord was removed and immediate treatment started. Onni spent the night getting some intensive TLC at the Eck house and in the morning Onni was off to the vet where she will remain for several days. Her prognosis now is good, and after her injury heals, she should be ready for adoption.

This was Onni as Animal Shelter employees prepared to remove the cord. Not a pretty sight for humans and painful to her.
Why did this happen? Onni wasn't suffering from malnutrition and had to have been fed by someone. You would have to be blind not to see that the cord was cutting through her flesh from tethering. There is no City Ordinance against tethering, there is, however, one for the county.

According to the 2005 City of Bainbridge Animal Control Ordinance , if Onni had been a vicious dog it would have been a violation to tether her. Sec. 10-74(h) No vicious animal/fowl shall be chained, tethered or otherwise tied to any inanimate object such as a tree, post or building, outside of its own enclosure. Of course, this is for public safety but who is responsible for Onni and the others like her?

That becomes a community problem paid for by tax payers and charitable donations with little or no monetary punishment for the owner. Wouldn't it be better to change the ordinance to not allow tethering? The city has an Animal Control Officer that can enforce it. That would also allow required vaccinations and city pet license to be checked.

Unfortunately, Onni isn't the first dog to suffer from an imbedded collar but with the right changes to the City Animal Ordinance, she could be the last.

In Talk- Should Bainbridge Prohibit Tethering?





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