Hillsborough County Commission passes tethering ordinance, owners must accompany tethered dogs listen01/19/12 Janelle Irwin
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After almost two years of consideration, Hillsborough County commissioners passed an anti-tethering ordinance today. The approved language allows pet owners or handlers to tether a dog only if the animal is under direct supervision. Commissioners chose that language because they said it was less ambiguous and more enforceable than a previous draft. Commissioner Ken Hagan also wanted to make sure that responsible pet owners were not punished.
Eight speakers preferred a less severe ordinance. And the vote wasn’t the complete ban the 15 other speakers wanted, but Commissioner Victor Crist did propose two items that would impose harsher penalties for animal cruelty. One would impose increased fines and the eventual loss of driver’s license for repeat offenders. The other was to draft a letter to the legislative delegation requesting a bill that would criminalize animal cruelty. Both items received the commission’s full support and applause from the audience.