A Cincinnati resident has gathered more than 100,000 signatures on a Care2 petition asking the city and county to implement laws banning dog tethering in extreme weather conditions.
This petition comes after a video showed pit bulls tethered in a Mount Healthy yard in the snow.
Rebecca Stiver, who started the Care2 petition, said she lived across the street from a man who left his dogs tied outside all year round.
“One dog nearly hung on his chain a few times and would have choked to death had I and members of my family not untangled him,” she said in a news release. “He and the other dog also would have starved if we hadn't fed them.”
Officials are aware of the video, but can’t do anything about it because the owner is technically in compliance with the law.
"There is a particular residence that has caused a lot of this outrage, and I'm not comfortable with the way those dogs are being treated," James Wolf, the Mayor of Mt. Healthy, said. "We already are going to limit the amount of dogs this individual has to hopefully bring relief to some of the dogs."
Stiver told Care2 that even with minimal unheated shelter, dogs can get hypothermia being left for long periods of time out in freezing weather.
“We need a law limiting how long a animal can be tied even with minimal shelter in extreme weather conditions,” she said.
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