(Regarding the May 4 letter, “Tethering can be more humane”) Seriously?
This anti-tethering ordinance has absolutely nothing to do with the wealthy having their possessions replaced after being robbed. If you own a home you should have insurance. Wealthy or not. If you want your possessions protected/replaced, get insurance.
I am a homeowner in Las Vegas, with insurance, with a 6-foot fence around my property. I do not chain/tether my dogs. I ensure my dogs are properly contained while being able to run freely within my property. My dogs are Rottweiler mixes and would not harm a fly but they are protective of their home.
I am not “wealthy.” I am a responsible pet owner.
Dogs naturally protect their territory. A guard dog can be any breed. I’ve had many dogs and breeds. All of my dogs have been territorial/protective, not overly aggressive. Even my small breed dogs could be aggressive when “would-be” intruders came on my property unannounced.
If anyone has a dog (no matter the breed) that is overly aggressive/mean, you may want to ask, “Why?” It’s not the breed but the owners that train them to be overly aggressive. Some dogs are inherently aggressive/mean, they are not the norm but the exception. I’ve had many experiences with small breed dogs that would rather tear my head off than let me get next to them.
I work with the AWC (Animal Welfare Coalition) in Las Vegas and have seen the effects of chaining/tethering animals 24 hours per day. They become overly aggressive or overly passive and cower when approached by people, even their owners. I have seen starving, wounded and dead dogs that lived their entire lives on the end of chains.
If you would like to see the living conditions they endure, I can give you an “up close and personal” look. You are welcome to join me, the AWC and NMDDB (New Mexico Dogs Deserve Better) during an outreach day for animals tethered 24 hours a day, then you may understand why an anti-tethering ordinance is necessary in Las Vegas.
Yes, most dog attacks are from “untethered” dogs. Hmmmm, that’s a no brainer. A dog can’t very well attack, protect, guard or even run up to you for a hug and a pet on the head if it is chained/tethered 24 hour a day, now can they?
If you can’t ensure your animals are properly contained within your property, then you do not need to have animals.
Lisa M. Joseph