The debate surrounding a new Trenton ordinance is heating up.
Trenton officials are expected to pass a new ordinance next Monday that would restrict the amount of time a dog can be tethered outside, among other restrictions.
Trenton-Grosse Ile Patch users and friends of the Trenton-Grosse Ile Patch Facebook page have entered into a long and continuous debate.
Here are some comments taken from the comment section of the article, which was first published at 2:10 p.m. Feb. 8:
- TERRI VITALE: I RESIDE IN LINCOLN PARK AND I TOTALLY AGREE WITH THE NEW LAW IN TRENTON. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE LINCOLN PARK COUNCIL MEMBERS BRING THIS BEFORE THEIR TABLE ON COUNCIL NIGHT.. SO MANY ANIMALS ARE LEFT OUTSIDE IN COLD/HOT TEMPERATURES AND OWNERS DO NOT CARE. WHAT COULD I DO TO BRING THIS TO THE ATTENTION OF OUR MAYOR HERE IN LINCOLN PARK? THANK YOU, TERRI VITALE firstname.lastname@example.org
- Gloria: Wish someone could go cut the chain and rescue the dog. Have a neighbor that leaves their little dog outside in the worst elements with no concerns. Uggghhhhh.
- Leah Derby: to "never" be able to leave your dog out for more than 3 hours? "never"? i think this is ridiculous. the other points may be reasonable and should be more than strong enough to keep dog owners from leaving them out in poor conditions. the over 4 months of age thing is kinda stupid, too. i know lots of people who tether their puppy during the house training for 20 minutes or so at a time til they potty, then "yay puppy did good!" and bring them in.
- sine-of-the-times: It's sad that you have to legislate love and care for animals, but since we do, this will help curb animal abuse and I'm all for it.
- michelle: Exactly! Why have an animal if you do not do the minimum to take care of it? I always think those people are control freaks. They don't want a messy house, they want control over another living thing, they want a guard dog or to intimidate. There are not any good reasons to leave your pet chained outside for long lengths of time.
We inherited a husky that was chained up because the yard wasn't fenced (not for long periods). We brought her to our house and she loved to runt he yard. We moved to a house without a fence and the first priority was to put a fence up for the dog. She loves to be outside and play. Most dogs don't want to be cooped up all day in the house. They also don't want to be tethered and unable to run.
- Katie: I agree with you Leah. My dog spends as much time as he wants inside with us, but he sometimes chooses to be outside enjoying the day for more than three hours at a time. And when we happen to be gone for more than three hours at a time, he doesn't mind being left tethered outside, but panics if he is left alone in the house. Of course we take into consideration the weather outside, so it's not like he's being left out in bad conditions, but the blanket restriction of three hours seems ridiculous to me too. Of course overall it is great to be getting dogs that are tethered 24/7 and in bad weather or with giant chains, etc out of those situations! And I mostly love the work that CHAINED does.
- C.H.A.I.N.E.D Inc: Thank you for all the words of support. We have worked diligently to have these ordinances put in place and thank Director of Field Operations Janet Conley for her presentation
to the City of Trenton council members. President and Founder Gina Freemon & Janet Conley just completed a presentation to the Downriver Community Conference Thursday on the effects of chaining and the benefits of having a tethering ordinance in place in all Downriver cities. Please contact your council and Mayor and let them know that as a resident of your city you would like to see this ordinance or one similar put in place.
What do you think about the new ordinance? Tell us in the comments!
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