Friday, 14 December 2018
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City OKs second reading on humane restraint of dogs

The Crossville City Council approved a second reading on its proposed ordinance amending Crossville Municipal Code 10-202 regarding dogs during a recent special-called meeting.

The ordinance requires city council approval of one more reading before it can be enacted.

The city code of Crossville will be amended by adding section 10-202.1 humane restraint, shelter, and minimum enclosure guidelines.

The first paragraph of the ordinance was amended to:

“No person shall tether, fasten, chain, tie, or restrain a dog, or cause a dog to be tethered, fastened, chained, tied, or restrained, to a dog house, tree, fence, or any other stationary object other than a spiral tie-out stake or permanently affixed anchor which allows 360 degrees of movement. Notwithstanding, a person may attach a dog to a running line, pulley, or trolley system. Any pulley or trolley system must be at least fifteen 15-feet in length and at least four 4-feet and no more than seven 7-feet off the ground.”

The ordinance states dogs could not be tethered to a stationary object or in a manner that allows the dog to be injured and to have access to clean water at all times. They should also have shelter available and the area should be kept clean and sanitary. 

Dogs could not be tethered or confined outdoors during severe weather, such as extreme heat or cold, without adequate shelter, food, water and protection. 

Dogs declared dangerous could not be tethered, and aggressive dogs could not be tethered without a competent adult present. Sick or injured dogs, pregnant or nursing dogs, or pups less than six months old could not be tethered. 

Dogs kept in outdoor pens would need space for exercise, with a minimum of 100 square-feet. 

Exceptions are for hunting dogs — a dog actually used to lawfully hunt game in Tennessee or another state of the United States under a valid hunting license issued by the state where the hunting occurred during the present year or the year previous, and with respect to a dog of less than 18-months of age, a dog that has had training toward hunting lawful game in Tennessee or another state of the United States. The exception shall not apply to unsterilized female dogs. Or working dogs. The term “working dog” means a dog that functions in a herding, service, therapy, or K-9 capacity and is only exempt when working in those capacities.

Crossville Mayor James Mayberry said, “I personally don’t like to see dogs tethered at all. Mine are kept in the area with an electronic fence to play and roam and they live in the house at night when we’re at home. After seeing these revisions and thinking more of the safety of the dogs being tethered I therefore make a motion to approve the humane restricting ordinance on the second reading as per the current addition.”

Councilwoman Pamala Harris supported the motion.

It was unanimously approved.

In other areas, the city council approved:

•A Community Development Block Grant CDBG grant contract in the amount of $525,000 for sewer system improvements for the city of Crossville.

•The purchase of check valves and vacuum pump for Veolia waste water treatment plant at $4,526.29.

•The purchase new pumps for the main station Veolia waste water treatment plant at $4,900.

•The temporary street closings for Christmas Festival at Cumberland Fellowship Church.


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