Protect Dogs from Cruel Tethers

Target: David Walker, Commissioner on the McDowell County Planning Board

Goal: Demand change to the county’s animal ordinance to include specific standards of care for tethering dogs

Many people do not realize how much dogs suffer when they are chained up everyday. Tethering a dog can cause injury if the tether is too short or too tight. In some cases, owners tether their dogs too close to debris such as stumps that may lead to possible injury. Although tethering is potentially harmful to animals, some people do not believe it should be deemed unlawful. Gwen Straub, who represents the McDowell Animal Welfare Alliance, realizes this and is willing to make a compromise to ensure tethered dogs are being safely tethered according to specific standards of care.

Many of Straub’s suggestions to improve the standards of dog tethering include: preventing twisting and tangling by using tethers that swivel, having tethers that are five times the animals’ length to ensure sufficient mobility, continuous access to water and shelter, and a limit of one dog per tether. The suggested standard changes will effectively lower the risks of harm to the animals when they are tethered. Even though Straub and many other commissioners on the board agree that the welfare of the dogs is a priority, there are still many others who believe the county’s dog tethering standards should not be changed.

If the McDowell County Planning Board does not agree to incorporate Straub’s proposed rules, many dogs will continue to suffer from discomfort and potential injury. Sign this petition and demand those who are opposed to the suggested standard changes to reconsider.


Dear David Walker,

Dogs who are forced to be tethered everyday often experience some sort of extreme discomfort. Usually the tether is too short, the collar is too tight, or they might not have continuous access to water and shelter which are completely necessary in regards to dogs who are tethered outside under the blistering sun. I understand that you believe the county’s tethering ordinances do not need to be changed, however one of your fellow commissioners has a written a reasonable list of proposed standard changes that could effectively make a difference in the way dogs are being tethering in your county.

Gwen Straub, a commissioner on he McDowell County Planning Board, has suggested standard changes such as tethers that are five times the length of the dogs in question, tethers that swivel to prevent twisting and tangling, and continuous access to water and shelter. These proposed ordinance changes could change the lives of tethered dogs for the better by decreasing the risk of injury and discomfort. I urge you to read over the suggested ordinance changes and reconsider your opinion.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Why should anybody obtain a dog or any other pet and leave it tethered? Pets are family members.

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