Casper City Council looking at changing tethering laws

Published: Aug. 12, 2020 at 7:23 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Casper City Council members will vote on third reading whether to change dog tethering law at the Aug. 18 meeting.

The proposal would eliminate tethering time limits. Currently, people can tether their dogs for two hours within a 24-hour period.

“Having them often isolated with tethering promotes chronic neglect. So many cases when dogs are left on tethers it’s easy to keep them out of sight, out of mind,” said Jennifer Kanady, Anti-Chain Director for the Anti-Dogfighting Campaign.

She said it makes dogs more aggressive as it prevents needed socialization.

“Being subjected to one spot hour after hour, day after day, and often through all kinds of weather, that’s enough to make somebody upset and angry and they retaliate,” Kanady said.

Councilman Kenneth Bates, Ward II, disagrees with the idea that chaining alone makes dogs more aggressive.

“It all depends on also how the owner treats their animal, how they treat their dog,” he said.

Bates said he will introduce an amendment to the proposal at the Aug. 18 council meeting limiting tethering to 10 hours in a 24-hour period. This was the original proposal before council members approved a second reading amendment at the Aug. 4 meeting.

He said more flexibility is needed because the current two-hour limit makes it too hard for working families who don’t have time to untether their dogs.

“They may not be able to go home and let their dog off and let him back on. That is a big issue,” Bates said.

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