Cobb to consider no animal tethering

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Cobb to consider no animal tethering

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Cobb County commissioners are expected to decide Tuesday night whether to stop allowing tethering for dogs. WSB Radio file photo

Dogs soon may receive total relief from tethering in Cobb County.

A third public hearing and final vote are expected 7 p.m. Tuesday in the BOC Board Room, second floor, 100 Cherokee St., Marietta by the Cobb County Board of Commissioners on whether to change the county code for dog tethering.

Tether means “any chain, rope, leash, tie out or wire designed to restrain an animal which is attached to an animal’s collar or halter and is also attached to a stationary object,” according to Section 10-1 of the county code.

“Based upon feedback received from the community,” Community Development Agency Director Dana Johnson wrote in an April 7 memo the draft code for dog/animal restraint has been revised to eliminate all forms of tethering instead of allowing the pulley run system of tethering.

However, “the dog may be temporarily confined by a tether while attended by its owner,” according to the newest code revision.

During two previous public hearings on this code change, all of the speakers voiced their opposition to unsupervised tethering and called for county officials to model their code after ones from Douglas or Gwinnett counties or Athens.

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