Dogs can be chained in the City of Hendersonville; but animal rights activists are hoping to eventually change that law.
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. -
A group of animal rights activists remain hopeful that one day they won't see dogs on chains.
Currently, there is no law banning continuous tethering in the City of Hendersonville.
"We will never quit our mission. Taxpayer dollars are being spent continuously when police are called multiple times to a location. It is unfortunate police can't do anything about it because the law allows for chaining," says Theresa Kisielewski, creator of the Off the Chain movement.
Kisielewski has been involved in a figurative dogfight that has been going on for several years in Hendersonville.
Kisielewski emailed 7 On Your Side questions she wants city leaders to answer during a special town hall meeting.
But we took her concerns Wednesday to Mayor Barbara Volk, and asked her why doesn't the city enact an anti- tethering ordinance?
"We are just not ready to say 'no you cannot,' because of the folks we did hear from who felt they had valid reasons why they had to keep their animals in that fashion," Volk said.
City council studied tethering ordinances used in neighboring communities, like Asheville for nearly two years, according to Volk.
They also looked at the number of calls police received about tethered animals and listened to people on both sides of the issue.
Volk says the city updated its animal cruelty ordinance accordingly. It took effect in April 2012.
"Ours is an anti-cruelty ordinance. Some people feel that any kind of tethering is cruelty," Volk said.
Council voted to put limitations on the type, length, weight and uses of acceptable tethers. Dogs also have to be a certain age before they legally can be chained.
Under the ordinance, pet owners must provide animals with adequate food, water, medical care and shelter.
Council members believe they created a law e that works for everybody.
Residents who may have other questions they want asked can email email@example.com.
The meeting is Thursday, June 6 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Flat Rock Playhouse in downtown Hendersonville.