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Dogs Deserve Better in Augusta, KS

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As residents of the City of Augusta, we, the undersigned, support a city ordinance banning the tethering of dogs in thiscity. To this end we seek our local officials to implement ordinances that:

Tethering of dogs restricted.

It shall be unlawful for any person to continuously tether a dog for more than one continuous hour, except that tethering of the same dog may resume after a hiatus of three continuous hours, for up to three hours total time on tether per day.

(a) For the purpose of tethering a dog, a chain, leash, rope or tether shall be at least ten feet in length.

(b) A chain, leash, rope, collaring device, tether, or any assembly or attachments thereto used to tether a dog shall not weight more than one-eighth of the animal’s body weight, or due to weight, inhibit the free movement of the animal within the area tethered.

(c) Dogs shall be tethered in such a manner as to prevent injury, strangulation, or entanglement on fences, trees, or other manmade or natural obstacles.

(d) It is unlawful to attach chains, ropes or other restraints implements directly to a dog without the proper use of a collar, harness, or other device designed for that purpose and made from a material that prevents injury to the animal.

For these reasons, we, the undersigned, respectfully request local governments, in Augusta, KS to institute anti-tethering provisions.

Dogs are chained outside day after day, without adequate shelter, food or water. Heat exhausted and dehydrated to death in summer and frozen to death in winter. Who is responsible? The very pet owners who think that dogs can tolerate any outside condition. It is not acceptable for man's best friend to live his entire life outdoors only and with no benefit of love and companionship they desire and deserve. Dogs want nothing more than to make their people happy. Sadly, they are neglected time after time.



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