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ORDINANCE TO PROHIBIT OUTDOOR TETHERING OF DOGS IN CROSSVILLE FAILS, NEW ORDINANCE PASSED TO REFOCUS ON STATE LAW REGARDING ISSUE

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A proposed ordinance to prohibit outdoor tethering of dogs during certain hours and conditions failed to pass the Crossville City Council at their meeting tonight. During public comments at the beginning of the meeting, at least three citizens spoke on the issue. Crossville Mayor James Mayberry quoted state laws in reference to animal abuse and the protection of animals who are tethered and not taken care of. Mayberry stated the state law is sufficient to govern the protection of dogs in the city. According to the Humane Society of the United States, some tethered dogs may suffer from irregular feedings, overturned water bowls, inadequate veterinary care and extreme temperatures. During snow storms, these dogs often have no access to shelter. During periods of extreme heat, they may not receive adequate water or protection from the sun. Councilman Scot Shanks added that anyone who suspects a dog of being mistreated while tethered outside should contact law enforcement. Pamela Harris then made a motion for a resolution for the city to refocus on state laws regarding tethering of dogs and to do a better job of enforcing it. The new ordinance will also help educate the public on the issue and also direct ones in need of building a shelter for their outside dog to possibly get assistance from outside sources in cases of hardship. Shanks second the motion and it passed.

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