A Ban on Unattended Chaining Passes in Asheville

Asheville, North Carolina has joined a number of local governments that have banned unattended chaining of dogs.

By a vote of 5-2 the City Council voted to ban unattended tethering or chaining of dogs in the city.

ChainFree Ashville was instrumental in passing the new law. There will be no citations issued until 2011 during which time ChainFree Asheville will work with local officials in educating owners about the law and humane alternatives. The organization has a program to build fences for low income dog owners.

Asheville joins Durham County, Roanoke Rapids, and New Hanover, North Carolina, among other jurisdictions, that have banned unattended chaining. Durham County’s law passed a year ago takes effect in 2010.  A statewide bill that would have restricted but not banned unattended chaining, did not pass the North Carolina legislature this year.

Go here for information about why tethering or chaining is inhumane and even dangerous.

One thought on “A Ban on Unattended Chaining Passes in Asheville”


    This is awesome news, it made my day 🙂 . If people aren’t mature enough to be bothered to train, take care of, and take responsibility for your dog, then those people shouldn’t be allowed to have dogs.

    Many thanks go to ChainFree Asheville for their hard work and persistence, you guys ROCK!


    PS: Here’s a couple of links for the other comment called: “This is an idiotic law! Dogs have a right to be outside and not [On April 12th, 2010 Anonymous (not verified)]:”


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