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.


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  1. Emily March says:

    Immensely cruel and ignorant to the point of medieval! – Do people like to be chained up all day? … Dogs are as alive and active as humans are, even more so, and NOT MEANT to be immobilized day and night, isolated (though they are pack animals…) and completely ignored. — At least introduce some controls please, and maybe educate the morons continuing their savage and unrepentant abuse into changing their ways!

  2. stop this cruel punishment! allow them freedom !

  3. This is more than cruel!!!! I would like to see the individuals who do this be chained on a very short chain in all kinds of weather, preferrably without much food or water!!!! Treat ALL animals with respect, the same respect you demand from others.

  4. Bryan Craig says:

    Hang these ignorant assholes by the nuts in the sun with a short lease with key and lock. See if they like it. The more we advance the more we regress. Some humans have no decency towards themselves never mind towards animals.


  5. Dee Warder says:

    Each day I drive to La Plata, MD, I pass the intersection of Hawthorne Rd & Marshalls Corner Rd & on the right I see a large long haired black dog chained on hot days, cold days & yet, NO ONE is helping this dog. Each of us NEEDS to send emails/letter to our representatives or get a petition together & send to them. IT IS TIME TO CHANGE THIS COUNTY’S ORDINANCE REGARDING ‘TETHERING AN ANIMAL’

  6. It cannot be but that these laws were written or held up by men that consider dogs as lifeless property, ornaments for their lawn, or a cheap fix for a house alarm, and not living creatures with feelings and emotions who are just as capable of physical and mental abuse as we humans are. To justify leaving a dog at the end of a restraint throughout it’s life is severely cruel, unreasonable, and an voluntary void of the rational gift in mankind that would lead to do unto others as would be done by. Where there be laws, they should be for what is right, to put a stop to oppressors and praise innocency. Dogs throughout this country and to the ends of the world are daily neglected the freedom they commonly deserve and have a right to according to their nature; that is, to run, to walk, to interact and explore with surrounding nature, even if all they have is a fenced yard; but no confinement to a 10×10 kennel could every be a justifiable place for a living dog of any size to live in. Because these creatures cannot speak for themselves in a language we can comprehend, it gives us no right to do what is generally held up by the laws in many nations and states; there is a pure witness in every heart against these acts- those who cannot hear it cry out against them are why these laws still stand today in many places, and why it is justice never stops the oppressors mouth that freely devours the life of another for their own cause. Who gave mankind the authority to govern an innocent life and victim of oppression at their own ends and to use them against their nature and design of their creation? As for example, under a blind pretence of love for birds, a bird “lover” can legally cage them; which is no less harmful to the birds mental condition as to their physical- for this wicked act is as if the bird had it’s wings cut off from it so that it cannot fly; moreover the man strips the poor creature of their nature, crippling it both mentally and physically. The same is for dogs and other wonderful creatures of this world that were never made to serve the vain lusts of men who take away their life to use them at their own ends and to serve their own cause. For to say the very least, the bird cage restrains a bird from what it was designed to do, only so the hurtful owner to gaze upon it in the name of love- here is nothing other than a winged object to gratify their depravity. This is a very sick crime against both nature and it’s creator; for if they should be rendered to this effect by mankind these creatures would never had wings or legs to begin with- for what use are your legs if they cannot do what they were intended to do, or your wings when they cannot fly? Do you ever wonder why it is that dogs tend to become aggressive when kept restrained against nature? It is that they come to see mankind as enemies, not friends. Shame on the human race that only looks to its own ends like the wild beasts that perish; for which of the creatures of this dark world cannot condemn its rationality that is suppressed relentlessly under oppression, making an endless void of undefiled reason that should govern the world? It will be a miserable day for joyful mankind when they awake to see themselves like brute beasts confined eternally in that state of depravity that they chose to themselves whilst ever neglecting and oppressing that which is good, which becomes the everlasting gladness of heart to those that follow it.

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