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Proposal to prohibit dog owners from tying up dogs in their yards will not move forward in Parsons

Updated August 16, 2013:  A proposal to prohibit dog owners from tying up dogs in their yards in Parsons, Kansas will not move forward.

Kari West, Public Information Officer for the City of Parsons, says one city commissioner voted to move forward with drafting the anti-tether ordinance, while four voted against the proposal.

"After lots of discussion and several weeks of research itwas not passed," West says in a statement sent to KOAM.  "Three of the commissioners cited this is not an antitetherissue, it is an ownership issue.  They said, Parsons has an active animalwelfare organization and there is a need to advocate for better educationopportunities for pet owners and work to change the attitudes not create a blanketpolicy for the entire city."

 

Posted April 4, 2013:  Over several years the City of Parsons, Kansas has taken action intended to create a more dog-friendly environment, like adding a dog park.  Now a group is pushing for a more dog-friendly law that's getting mixed reactions from dog-lovers.

Dr. Eva Dudek is the veterinarian and owner of Parsons Pet Hospital.  She's also a dog lover and member of BARC, the Basic Animal Rights Committee, and is always looking for ways to better the lives of all animals.

"I want us to be a model for everyone around here, that we can be a more humane society by treating our animals better," says Dr. Dudek.

That's why Dr. Dudek is urging Parsons city commissioners to prohibit dog owners from tying up dogs in their yards.

"Tethering an animal is cruel, especially dogs," says Dr. Dudek.  "They are social creatures.  They crave attention, affection, companionship, and when they are exiled to a tether 24-7, nobody goes out and plays with them, they are lucky to be fed, they suffer psychologically and potentially physically."

Dr. Dudek says tying a dog up 24/7 is what she wants banned, but having one tied up for 20 minutes to relieve themselves and get some fresh air is acceptable.

But Lluvia Carrasco has a different view.  She says she always keeps her dog on a chain in her backyard and claims he prefers it that way.

"In our old house we had a fence - we could put him in a fenced up place but he didn't like it," says Carrasco.  "He would cry until we put him back on the chain, like he really didn't like it being on the fence.  He's more comfortable having a chain and knowing where he can go, where he can't, then being on a fence."

Aware that there are mixed opinions among dog owners throughout the community, city commissioners are encouraging everyone to voice their opinion.

"This is just a highly sensitive topic and we want to make sure we do our homework to put best practices into place that are going to allow our residents to be able to have the freedoms with their animals but at the same rate protect the animals from anti-cruelty," says Kari West, the Public Information Officer for the City of Parsons.

Dr. Dudek said she has also presented information to state representatives and a state senator on the issue.

Some cities, including Chanute, Lawrence and Topeka, already have anti-tethering laws in place.

Parsons city officials say they need more information on the ordinance before the commission makes a decision.

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