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TEXAS - Plano, Tethering
« on: February 09, 2008, 01:12:46 PM »
This proposed ordinance covers: Tethering


Plano, TX - Anti-tethering ordinances forbid dog owners from chaining their animals unattended for hours at a time.

Just remember, as soon as anti-tethering legislation is well established, it is time to start the anti-kennel legislation (I have seen references to '€œcage rage'€ by ARistas already), then comes anti-crate. Then it is time to pitch a fit about leaving your dog alone in the yard, and then leaving it alone all day in the house. Equating confinement with cruelty is the strategy of the ARistas. Any argument that you make against tethering, can be made against any other form of confinement.

You all have seen dogs exhibiting barrier frustration running up and down a fence barking aggressively. This "makes" a dog as aggressive as tethering so it will need to be legislated against as well. The cycle will not end until no one can keep dogs--mission accomplished.

The truth is, a dog is not made aggressive by a type of confinement. It is a temperament issue. Guard/territorial dogs are more likely to exhibit aggression when confined since they have been selectively bred to be protective of their territory. Foxhounds, huskies, beagles hardly ever will show aggression as they are social dogs who were raised in groups and aggression was highly undesirable and selected against. Training and socialization will curb aggression in your guard breeds (they learn what is acceptable and needn't be guarded against). Under socialized territorial breeds will be aggressive; under socialized social dogs will usually be timid and submissive when approached.

A dog with a territorial temperament will display aggression no matter where it is confined (house, car, crate, yard or tethered). A social temperament will respond in a friendly manner no matter where it is contained.

A dog on a 15 ft. tether has 706.5 square feet to move around in. Even the U.S. government uses this form of containment for their sled dog teams in Denali.

Tethering is NOT an issue. It is a way of safely confining a dog. Neglect is an issue, lack of training/socialization is an issue, lack of shelter and water is an issue; but containing a dog on a tether is NOT. It is a perfectly acceptable, humane, and dog-friendly way of containment. ANY ARGUMENT MADE AGAINST TETHERING CAN BE MADE AGAINST ANY OTHER FORM OF CONTAINMENT......AND WILL BE EVENTUALLY. Remember their animal liberation from human use.

It is curious that man has been tethering dogs for thousands of years, and man and dog have flourished just wonderfully together, and now all of a sudden it is cruel. Neglect is cruel. Tethering is not.

Please write or call the following Mayor and Council Members as it is THEY who will vote on any proposal.

You may direct your concerns to the Mayor and any Council Member.

All Council Members can be reached at:
City of Plano
Phone: (972) 941-7107
Fax: (972) 423-9587
1520 Avenue K
P. O. Box 860358
Plano, Texas 75086-0358 (Collin & Denton Counties)

Information on specific Council Members is here:

ABDA Position statement on dog containment

If you choose to remain uninvolved, do not be amazed when you no longer have any property rights! Your rights, taken away while you are peacefully staying out of the "fray".

If they can do this to your dog, is anything you have out of their reach?  Check history, it is full of nations/empires that disappeared when its citizens no longer held their core beliefs and values.

One person CAN make a difference. One plus one plus one plus one plus one plus one.........


Please make the call€™s and fax letters and be polite.  We need to let them know how strongly we oppose this ordinance.

Also if you are not registered to vote, GET REGISTERED! Your local politicians and officials have more effect on your day to day life, then any other government body.

Back those who listen and back you!

The others, VOTE THEM OUT!

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It is URGENT to get ALL dog owners involved in stopping adverse, unfair and restrictive laws that are being passed at an alarming rate.  Spread the word and have anyone you know send in their emails to the ADBA so we can keep them informed and help them to respond.
Jennifer Walker
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