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Due to numerous requests from citizens, the Smithfield Town Council is considering amending the current town ordinance to prohibit animals from being tethered. Under the current ordinance, animals can be chained or tethered in the city limits as long as the tether doesn’t entangle the animal to prevent it from moving freely, lying down or having access to food, water and shelter.
The new ordinance would prohibit animals from being tied, chained, fastened or tethered in any way to a stationary object as a means of confinement. The only exception would be if a pet owner who has an inside pet takes them outside and temporarily chains or ties the animal, however the pet must be in direct supervision at all times. Under the proposed new ordinance, animals can still be kept outdoors in appropriate-sized shelters or pens.
Citizens are urged to view the ordinance below and encouraged to comment via the Town of Smithfield's Facebook page.
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