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Dog bites up

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

September 2, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany animal control officers have seen a big increase in the number of people being bitten by dogs. Humane Society Director Donna Strickland says bite cases increased from 164 in fiscal year 06-07 to 236 last year.

She says she believes one problem is folks who keep their dogs chained up all the time, making them aggressive, and asked Albany city commissioners to consider adopting an anti-tethering law. 

"Those animals do become more aggressive. A lot of times when they do get loose, they're aggressive at that point. They climb the fence and hang themselves. Terrible things happen to pets that are chained everyday, so certainly we want to see some other means of confinement. You should not keep your pet on a chain twenty four hours a day, seven days a week."

Strickland says the majority of bites occur when people wander into the dog's territory.

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