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March 27, 2008

Tethering Up for a Vote

Sample letter and emails follow.

Very soon, the city of Miami, which is in Miami-Dade County, will
be voting on an ordinance to restrict dog tethering. This is
important legislation that must be passed. Please email city of
Miami officials asking them to pass this anti-tethering
ordinance.

Emails for city of Miami officials:

mannydiaz@ci.miami.fl.us, agonzalez@ci.miami.fl.us,
msarnoff@miamigov.com, jsanchez@ci.miami.fl.us,
tregalado@ci.miami.fl.us, MSpence@ci.miami.fl.us

Sample letter:

Dear City of Miami Officials:

I understand you will soon be voting on an ordinance that
restricts tethering dogs in your city. This is important
legislation that should be passed. Miami wants to be known as a
glamorous and fun tourist destination. A dog suffering on a chain
in the hot tropical sun tarnishes this image. The ordinance
imposes humane conditions for tethering, including requiring
people to be outside when their dog is chained.

The evidence demonstrates why chaining is cruel and inhumane,
often making "vicious monsters" out of otherwise gentle and
social animals. Dogs are social animals who instinctively want to
be part of a group or pack. Leaving dogs chained outside makes
them aggressive. The Center for Disease Control reported that
chained dogs are 2.8 times more likely to bite. Children have
been injured or killed by going into a chained dog's area, or by
a dog who has broken free from a chain. A dog loose in
neighborhoods could be one who was made aggressive by chaining.

Tethered dogs are easy targets for attacks by other animals. They
are killed or injured by extremes in weather, poisoned by humans,
and made sick from animal feces or bird droppings. In many cases,
the necks of chained dogs become raw and covered with sores from
the dogs' constant yanking and straining to escape confinement.
Dogs have been found with collars embedded in their necks.

Many other places protect children and dogs by having tethering
ordinances, including Fort Worth, St. Louis, Washington DC, Fort
Lauderdale, Dania Beach, Hollywood, FL, Macon, Georgia and the
entire States of California, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and
Connecticut. The city of Miami should pass one, too.

Sincerely,

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