"It's (tethering) so sad because it is so preventable. It's pure negligence when this happens." Pam Immendorf told City Council on Tuesday evening. Pam Immendorf spoke to Council not only as president of the Bainbridge-Decatur County Humane Society but also as a citizen.
Ms Immendorf referred Council to the case of Omni, (insert at left) whose tether cord had cut approximately one and a half inches into her flesh.
Onni will survive, Ms Immendorf reported to Council, "She is 5 months old, she's feisty and she will eventually heal."
This is but the most recent of a long series of animals where collars, cords, chains, etc have cut into their neck as they have grown, she told Council.
She continued that tethering is a contributor to aggression in a dog and is commonly used by those involved in dog fighting. She stated that if there was an ordinance against tethering, it would give law enforcement one more tool to pursue the horrible crime of dog fighting.
"There is no prohibition in the city ordinance against tethering." Ms Immendorf stated, nor is there a provision to provide adequate shelter. She requested the City Council amend the current animal ordinance to ban tethering and to require adequate shelter be provided.