(KCPW News) The Utah Humane Society wants to put an end to the practice of Salt Lake County residents leaving their dogs tied up in their yards. The organization is now working with the county council to pass an ordinance that would slap residents with a fine if their dog is tethered for more than eight hours per day. Utah Humane Society Executive Director Gene Baierschmidt says keeping dogs tied up for a long time is not only inhumane, it’s harmful to the neighbors.
“Dogs that are chained up all the time can be overly aggressively and they can bite people,” he told KCPW. “They can be a nuisance, where they bark at all times of the day and night.”
Baierschmidt believes people who plan to keep their dog constantly tied up in the yard probably shouldn’t own a dog in the first place.
Salt Lake County Councilmen Joe Hatch and Randy Horiuchi plan to get the proposed ordinance passed. While it would only apply to the unincorporated areas of the county, Baerschmidt says the Humane Society will push the proposal in all the cities along the Wasatch Front as well.
“We’re trying to emphasize to people that they need to treat their pets like family and not like objects,” he said. “Dogs need companionship and they need socialization.”
The ordinance would also ban residents from tying up their dogs at all when it’s extremely hot or cold outside. Dog owners would receive a warning first before being fined.