I couldn't be more disgusted with Council members and their endless so-called concerns about allowing the continued chaining of dogs. I moved here from Atlanta for many reasons, one being the endless amount of suffering by neglected dogs on chains that I was forced to watch in my neighborhood. Some Council members have the gall to say they wouldn't support the ban, and I have to ask: "How would you feel being on a 15-foot chain for 24 hours a day?"
It is cruel and torturous to leave thinking and feeling pack animals alone at the end of a chain to live a life of solitary confinement. As for people being too poor to put up a fence—if they don't have the money to put up a fence, then they also don't have the money to get their dog fixed, give it monthly flea, tick and heartworm medicine, wash it, train it or feed it good food.
We've chosen these sweet creatures to live with us. Why do we have to watch them suffer because some [jerk] decided on a whim that they wanted a dog, then didn't want to take the time to train it to be a member of their family? I've seen what happens. They shove their dog into a lonely corner of the yard and never speak to it again; then it dies after being attacked by roaming strays it couldn't escape, or gets impregnated over and over again since there is no fenced yard, or suffers slowly with heartworms. These so-called dog owners shouldn't have a dog, period — especially if they can't afford to properly care for it.
Who has the right to subject a sentient life to such torture? Mrs. Bellamy's line about protecting the greater neighborhood is clichéd garbage; the greater neighborhood needs to be protected from allowing these types of cruelties to continue. The greater neighborhood needs to be protected from the type of people who would subject their own chosen pets to a miserable existence.
The answer to this problem is simple: Make it against the law to tether, and then fine people who don't comply. This alone will bring in the money to pay for more animal-control officers and dissuade improper dog ownership. Too often, "There's not enough money in the budget to do anything" means not actually having to do anything. Any cop on patrol can also plainly see a violation and write a ticket. If there is a problem large enough to merit the Council's attention, it seems like an extra revenue stream from merely doing the right thing would be just the "ticket" to repair it.
Do the right thing and make this a kind place to live.
— Cynthia Etheridge