WILLOWICK, OH (WOIO) - The Willowick City Council had its first reading Tuesday night on the proposed tethering ordinance.
According to the proposed law:
- Animals cannot be tied up outside for more than six hours a day and no longer than two consecutive hours with at least an hour in between tethering.
- Animals would not be tethered between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
- They can't be tied up if no one is home or if there is severe weather.
- Tethers must be at least 20 feet long and cannot have a choke or pinch collar.
If a new ordinance is passed in Willowick, humane officers will be in a better position to help animals who are left outside, tied up for long periods of time - especially in the snow and freezing temperatures.
"This antiquated system leaves a dog out in the elements so they are subject to rain and snow and sleet, and if they don't have proper shelter and food, then that's inadequate care," said Lee Nesler, Executive Director of the Lake County Human Society.
The next readings of the ordinance will happen Feb. 2 and Feb. 16 with council voting on Feb. 16.
Neighboring communities, like Willoughby and Mentor, have already passed tethering laws.
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