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ALBANY, GA (WALB) – The Albany Police Department's animal control unit wants dog owners to know they're about to start strict enforcement of the city's tethering ordinance.
Officers will issue citations to people who leave their dogs constantly confined to a tether.
They say permanent tethering can lead to aggressive behavior.
Albany resident Robert McPherson supports the ordinance. He has two dogs he keep on chain outside his eastside mobile home during the day but brings them inside at night.
He said, "It's a good ordinance because we've got a lot of dogs running around, but we got a lot that are chained up all day long. Its not right to leave them locked up like that."
"A dog needs to be free some. It needs to walk and get some exercise. If not, (dog owners) should build a pin so it will be able to run around," said animal control officer Sherman Capers.
Animal control says tethered animals must have collars and be connected to a cable or chain that is weight appropriate so it does not injure the animal.
Officers will also be on the lookout for illegal livestock within the city. They'll issue citations for violators.
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