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Santa Fe County commissioners on Tuesday heard from advocates of a proposal to ban dog owners from tethering their animals, though some commenters questioned whether expecting residents to use fencing to restrain their pets on private property is reasonable.
The commission didn’t take immediate action on the idea, which is part of a proposed overhaul of the county’s animal control ordinance. The next public hearing on the topic is Sept. 27 at the commission chambers, 102 Grant Ave.
Herbert Rickert Jr. told commissioners he and his wife favor the proposed changes. But he questioned how residents without a fence would restrain dogs.
“Let’s face it, not everybody can afford a fence,” Rickert said.
The proposal to outlaw restraining of animals on private property by tethering them would be stricter than new city rules that ban direct-point chaining but allow residents to use a trolley system to restrain animals.
The county’s proposed rules also would eliminate a law that allows residents to use voice command to restrain animals, outline circumstances when an animal control officer can enter private property and impound dogs, as well as hike licensing fees for pets for the first time in 25 years.
Linda Kastner told commissioners she is among 500 residents who signed a petition in favor of the proposal to prohibit restraining dogs on private property.
Kastner said she understands limited circumstances where a person might have to restrain a dog by tethering it, but she hopes new rules would give animal control officers “the power to step in and help a dog that’s chained 24/7 in all kinds of weather.”
She said she has faith that the county and nongovernment organizations can assist with education and financial resources for those who cannot afford fences.
Martha Kennedy, who said she is part of a group called Chain Free Santa Fe, said “dogs have a fight or flight response to fear and pain and suffering.”
“They see someone coming towards them, and they can’t go away. They very well may bite,” she said.
Diana Durantes asked commissioners to consider the social ramifications of treatment of animals. “There is no such thing as a bad dog, only irresponsible pet owners,” she said to applause. “The other thing I want to talk about is the tip of the iceberg: Dogs on chains, dogs who are tethered or restrained in such a way — neglected, not fed, left for hours, days, never acknowledged — are an indicator of other things going on in a household.”
County Commissioner Robert Anaya said that in drafting the ordinance, officials should consider whether a dog is better off in a small enclosure or on a long tether that would allow the canine to roam around more. The proposed rules would allow dogs to be placed in enclosures, but would prevent them from being tethered.
“We don’t want to put those people in a position where they can’t afford to make modifications to their property,” Anaya said.
Anaya asked Paul Portillo, supervisor of animal control for the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, about his experience in the field.
“Based on what we see, you know we encounter more dogs that are chained rather than fenced,” Portillo said. “People have large amounts of property and that can become very costly, depending on how they are financially.”
He said direct-point chaining sometimes leads to entanglement, preventing a dog from accessing food and water. But, Portillo said, dogs also sometimes break trolley systems that are meant to prevent such entanglements.
County Commissioner Liz Stefanics said: “I do not think that fences, regardless of how high they are, really can contain some large and active animals.”
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