Forsyth County bans dog chaining

Forsyth County is banning the chaining of dogs as a primary method of restraint, but giving residents leeway to keep using tethering on a temporary basis. On a 3-2 vote Thursday night, commissioners passed the controversial anti-chaining amendment. Commissioners dropped provisions that would have limited tethering for three or more hours and would have required owners to provide an enclosed structure with four sides, a floor and roof as shelter. “I don’t want to see anyone get arrested because their dog is completely protected in a carport or porch,” Commissioner Brian Tam said. Cumming resident and businessman Paul Romanick called the amendment a “huge step forward.” Laura Berrios