Phoenix Takes a Stand Against Chained Dogs With A Full Ban

The city of Phoenix has taken a bold step to recognize the cruelty and inhumanity of leaving dogs chained up. The city has implemented stringent measures to put an end to this practice and ensure the well-being of our four-legged friends.

With the latest updates to the animal cruelty ordinance, Phoenix is sending a powerful message: the days of chaining dogs are numbered.

The wheels of change were set in motion following a comprehensive review involving animal welfare organizations and various city departments. The result was an updated animal cruelty ordinance that aims to tackle two fundamental aspects: dog restraints and shelter provisions, FOX 10 Phoenix reports. While these changes have garnered attention, their significance extends far beyond the surface.

Chained pets have limited mobility, leading to muscle atrophy and joint issues.
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Chained pets have limited mobility, leading to muscle atrophy and joint issues.

Banning the Chains

One of the most notable updates is the strict prohibition of chains as a means of restraining dogs. Previously, the city banned the use of chains shorter than 10 feet on dogs due to concerns of tangling and restricting the animals’ access to essential amenities such as shade and sustenance. However, the recent ordinance revision takes this a step further by categorically outlawing the use of chains as a form of restraint, reports the Arizona Republic.

Leaving pets chained up exposes them to extreme weather conditions.
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Leaving pets chained up exposes them to extreme weather conditions.

Redefining “Adequate Shelter”

Adequate shelter has always been a cornerstone of responsible pet ownership, but what exactly constitutes it? The updated ordinance leaves no room for ambiguity. It defines “adequate shelter” as, “any natural or artificial cover accessible to an animal throughout the year, which is structurally sound, maintained in good repair to protect the animal from injury, and of sufficient size to permit the animal to enter, stand, turn around and lie down in a natural manner. Adequate shelter must protect the animal from extreme weather conditions, have adequate ventilation and drainage, and maintained in a manner which minimizes the risk of disease, investigations, or parasites.”

A Step Towards Education

While fines and penalties are an integral part of the ordinance, Phoenix City Councilwoman Laura Pastor told the Arizona Republic that educating pet owners about the humane treatment of animals is the ultimate goal. The intention is to foster a culture of responsible pet ownership through awareness and understanding. However, for those who persistently disregard the welfare of their pets, penalties will be imposed.

The penalties for non-compliance with the new ordinance are designed to encourage compliance rather than merely punish. A first violation will result in a $250 fine, a relatively light consequence intended to prompt pet owners to correct their behavior. Subsequent violations, however, come with steeper consequences. A second violation is classified as a Class 1 misdemeanor, carrying a 48-hour jail sentence and a $1,000 fine. A third violation could result in 15 days of jail time and a $2,000 fine.

Phoenix’s approach to addressing the issue of chained dogs is pragmatic and enforceable. The ordinance’s development involved consultations with animal welfare groups and law enforcement agencies, ensuring that it can be effectively implemented.

Chained pets are at a higher risk of being targets for theft or abuse.
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Chained pets are at a higher risk of being targets for theft or abuse.

A Vision for a Brighter Future

Phoenix’s efforts to combat the chaining of dogs are driven by a desire to create a better future for both pets and their owners. City Councilwoman Laura Pastor’s dedication to animal welfare, inspired by former Mayor Thelda Williams, who spearheaded an ordinance to end the sale of puppy mill pets in Phoenix pet stores in 2013, underscores the heartfelt commitment of those leading this change. By taking a stand against the inhumane treatment of dogs, Phoenix is not only setting a precedent but also sending a message that compassion and responsibility are integral to our society.

As Phoenix continues on this journey towards a more compassionate and humane approach to pet ownership, every step taken resonates with the belief that animals deserve love, care, and the chance to experience life free from cruelty. Let’s stand together and embrace this transformative change for the betterment of our beloved four-legged companions.

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