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Reminder during Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month: Tie-outs are illegal

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Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014 9:36 am

Did you know that it is illegal in Pima County to tether your dog as an alternative to having an appropriate enclosure?

Enforcement officers at Pima Animal Care Center receive approximately 50 complaints a month about people using illegal “tie-outs” as a permanent method of confining their animals.

In Pima County, pet owners are required to provide an enclosure for their animals that allows for adequate exercise space. With the exception of temporary tethering of horses, the use of tie-outs such as chains, leashes, wires, cables or ropes for the purpose of animal confinement is prohibited.

That doesn’t mean you can’t bring your dog outside with you when you’re weeding or you can’t temporarily restrain him if he doesn’t like the plumber fixing the kitchen sink. But as a permanent means of confinement, there are multiple problems with tie-outs.

Your dog:

• has little defense against other animals, or even people, who would harass or harm him;

• can hurt himself lunging against the tether, leading to raw skin around the collar area or internal injuries;

• may risk strangulation or even dehydration or starvation if he becomes entangled and unable to reach food or water;

• may become neurotic or aggressive because of boredom, frustration and isolation;

• will be forced to urinate and defecate in the immediate area, which greatly reduces his comfort since dogs tend not to eliminate in their immediate territory.

“Our officers spend a great deal of time responding to these calls and educating owners about the dangers involved in this practice,” said Pima Animal Care Center Manager Kim Janes. “A far better solution is to install a fence that will safely contain your pets, or to keep them inside with access to regular walks.”

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