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. Â A statewide bill that would have restricted but not banned unattended chaining, did not pass the North Carolina legislature this year.