Lynchburg City Council asked to restrict long-term tethering of pets

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January 17, 2019
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As Old Man Winter continues creeping in on the Hill City, several local residents are concerned about the four-legged citizens who remain chained outside for long periods of time.

Bunny Goodjohn, a concerned resident, asked City Council members in a meeting last week for an update to city code to restrict long-term tethering of pets.

“My intention is not to have code that penalizes the well-informed and humane person who tethers his dog for an hour or so a day,” she said. “…My call for a code change is not to protect that animal, it’s to protect the others — the dogs who are chained day after day with little to no social interaction or affection.”