The Conway City Council voted unanimously in favor of an ordinance amending the city’s animal welfare code on Tuesday night.
Animal Welfare Unit Manager Shona Osborne told members of the council the city’s current ordinance does not provide regulation for the chaining of animals.
"What we’re trying to do here is eliminate direct-point chaining," Osborne said. "The city of Conway currently does not have a ‘tethering’ law."
Osborne said that the majority of animal welfare calls involve citizens concerned over chaining issues. "The’ll call and say the dog can’t reach its food and water, or it’s tangled up."
Under the amended ordinance, the chaining of any dog to a stationary object, such as a tree or a dog house, is illegal.
Animals must now be restrained by means of a trolley system, or a tether attached to a pulley on a cable run, and only one dog can be tethered to each cable run.
The tether must be attached to a properly-fitting collar or harness worn by the dog, with a swivel on at least one end of the tether to minimize tangling of the
The cable run must also be at least ten feet in length and mounted at least four feet, and no more than eight feet above ground level.
Anyone in violation of the ordinance will be issued a written warning and ten days to meet compliance.
If compliance is not met, the dog may be removed by Animal Welfare Officers.
"The officers will use discretion," Osborne said. "It will take awhile for everyone to catch on to it."
For more information on Tuesday night’s council meeting, see Thursday’s edition of the Log Cabin Democrat.