For more than two years, animal advocates and the county have discussed implementing such a law, based on the principle that chaining or otherwise tethering animals outside is cruel and inhumane, and that the practice contributes to constant barking and even causes dogs to become overly aggressive and attack people who cross into their territory.
The board of commissioners had asked the county's Animal Control Advisory Committee to look at the issue and draft a proposed ordinance.
At a work session Monday, commissioners saw this draft (PDF attachment) and scheduled a public hearing for the end of the month, to be held at the commissioners’ chambers at 200 E. Main St.
Kudos to the Coalition to Unchain Dogs for sticking this out for two years as the ordinance has worked its way through the process to even make it this far. A public hearing will be held August 25 at the Commissioners' chambers in the old court house. You can be sure the oxymoronic "Responsible Pet Owners" groups will be there in force to remind people that animals have no rights.
The coalition has put together a stellar lineup for their annual fundraising concert in Durham Central Park on September 6. You should go.
I'll say this, if the county enacts, implements, and enforces a ban on tethering dogs successfully, i might be willing to willing to give the city a crack at allowing chickens in town.