First Ticket Issued Under Windsor Tethering By-Law

Friday January 23rd, 2015

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The Windsor/Essex County Humane Society cruelty investigators have issued the first ticket under Windsor’s new tethering by-law.

Under the by-law, which was passed in August 2014, dog owners are only allowed to tie their dog up outside for a maximum of four hours a day.

Officials say that the charges relate to two dogs, a shepherd mix and a husky mix, who were left tied up on January 7th, 2015.

They say that the weather that day reached lows of minus 24 degrees with windchill, and during part of the time they were tied up the dogs became tangled and were limited in their ability to move. They did not have an adequate shelter, and no water was available.

The fine for violating the tethering by-law is $305.

They also say that although this is the first ticket issued, the by-law has already been effective in aiding tethered dogs on multiple occasions.

They point to one example, where two dogs were tethered in a back yard because they were fighting. Thanks to education from Humane Society investigators about the by-law the dogs’ owner decided to rehome one of the dogs, and the other is now in a fenced yard free of his tether with a new insulated dog house for shelter. Approximately 40 tethering complaints have been investigated in Windsor since the by-law was passed.

Anyone who is concerned about a dog tethered outside is asked to call the Windsor/Essex County Humane Society investigations department at 519-966-5751, ext 16 or the City of Windsor at 311.

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