Health Department Seeks Input on Potential Tethering Ordinance

Animal Shelter requests community input on dog tethering survey.

Posted: Jun. 6, 2018 6:50 PM

(St. Joseph,MO) At Corby Park, Carol Meyers enjoys the day with her two dogs Hap and Sassy, she enjoys the park, because it gives her dogs the chance to socialize.

"The dogs interact, they interact with the people and that's wonderful and we're very blessed to have it," Meyers said.

For dogs that are improperly tethered for long periods of time however, they don't get that socialization and the consequences can be numerous.

"Tethering causes aggression in dogs when they get a lack of socialization.Tethering can cause dogs to become a nuisance and be loud, barking, and injure themselves because of boredom,” St. Joseph Animal Shelter Manager Holly Bowie said.

The Animal Rescue division of the St Joseph Health Department wants to enact a city ordinance to curb the issue, but first they want to give you a chance to make your voice heard. The Health Department will be conducting an online survey for residents to voice their opinions.

"You can read through it and then there's a section where it gives you the opportunity to give feedback," said Jennifer Loomis, Humane Educator at the St. Joseph Animal Shelter.

At Corby Dog Park, pet owners had an opinion on the subject.

"I see a lot of dogs that are left outside and on a chain, which I find very difficult to live with,"Meyers said.

“I feel like if you're not properly fit to have a dog, if you're not gonna give it the nourish[ment] and the love that it needs, then you probably shouldn't be able to have one,” Dog Owner Jori Winn said.

The feedback from the survey will determine what the city will do next to resolve the issue.

Those who wish to participate in the survey, but do not have internet access can take the survey at the St. Joseph Health Department at 904 S 10th St, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or at the St. Joseph Animal Shelter during regular business hours.

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