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Athens animal rights advocates look for change in dog-tethering policies

A group of animal lovers in Athens are now fighting to make the city a better place for their four legged friends.

Posted: Dec 8, 2017 9:09 PM
Updated: Dec 8, 2017 9:29 PM

A group of animal lovers in Athens are now fighting to make the city a better place for their pets.

The group is stepping up and addressing the city about banning tethering of dogs outside altogether.

The group of animal rights advocates says there are several reasons as to why they are looking to change the law.

"It's really important to bring everybody on board with the care and concern of these animals," said advocate Karen Bethey. 

"If you have a dog, it's part of your family," said Athens-Limestone County Animal Shelter volunteer Suzanne Carter. 

They said they're wanting to follow suit with an ordinance already implemented in Florence that has banned tethering.

Another reason they're looking to change the law is because as Athens grows, they doesn't want those who travel to the area to get a negative impression of the area.

WAAY 31 reached out to the city for comment.

"Mayor Marks has received citizens examples of tethering ordinances from other communities," a spokesperson said, "He will get with our city attorney to review and draft a version to send to the city council for consideration."

So in a week and a half at the next city council meeting, Bethey and several others plan to present an idea of their own. They're hopeful, as they say they care for the community and dogs.

"The city has every bit of fit and every reason to take care of this issue"

The city council will discuss a potential ordinance December 18.

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