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They can no longer be chained, they must not be tethered outside for more than three hours, and they must have protection from the elements.

In a city that sees far too many abused dogs, a new ordinance has been passed to provide much greater protection to Detroit dogs who are being neglected outside: they can no longer be chained, they must not be tethered outside for more than three hours, and they must have protection from the elements.

“This is a great move for the city of Detroit,” said Wendy Stroup, east side coordinator of C.H.A.I.N.E.D. told Fox 2. “Our city council and our new Detroit Animal Care and Control which is just doing amazing things, staffed with compassionate people.”

This organization has seen dozens of dogs starving, dehydrating, and succumbing to the heat and cold because they’ve been allowed to be left out on chains. These dogs also suffer from the effects of constantly being alone, and C.H.A.I.N.E.D. workers are hoping that the new legislation will decrease the number of neglect cases they see in the Detroit area.

“Without constant socialization and contact, they become bored, lonely and aggressive at times,” Stroup said. “Dogs on chains cannot flee. They are a mark for other dogs that stray and can attack them on a chain in a yard. Also humans, with bad intent.”

The new ordinance states that no dog owner shall: Continuously tether a dog for more than three hours per day.


Violators of the law will be fined up to $500, and may have their dog seized after the third offense. The Michigan Anti-Cruelty Society will try to help provide dog houses, fencing, swiveling cables, and no-tip food bowls to people in need.
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