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Breaking the Chain


If you live in a community that has yet to pass an anti-tethering ordinance, here’s your opportunity to take some positive action. Begin by reviewing the ordinances of other communities, taking into account the particular needs and challenges of your own. The HSUS has developed a free, user-friendly and downloadable packet of material that offers helpful suggestions on how to write and propose a good anti-tethering ordinance that is appropriate for your community.
The goal is to develop legislation that will not only serve animals, but will also be accepted and actively enforced. And that’s something we can all get behind.

*Gershman, Sacks and Wright, “Which dogs bite? A case-control study of risk factors,” Pediatrics 93 (1994):913–917.
**See Helping Animals for a list of ordinances and specific texts, as well as communities that have passed them.




Alyce Miller's most recent book of fiction is Water, winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize. She leads a double life as a professor of English at Indiana University–Bloomington and a pro bono attorney.