BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- More than 40 people attended the Morgan County Commission meeting on Thursday to support an ordinance that would limit the chaining and tethering of dogs.Â
Local resident Gary Brock, who leads Unchain Morgan County, organized support in the county. He said he has received more than 600 signatures on a petition supporting the ordinance.Â
Kelvin Langley, treasurer of the Morgan County Humane Society, said the ordinance is not an anti-tethering ordinance, but is meant to limit tethering.
"It's an ordinance between what is reasonable and what is outrageous," he said.Â
Dr. Jane Doyle, a local veterinarian, said studies show keeping dogs chained "24-7" can be harmful. If dogs live on a chain, they are unhappy, and more likely to bite and injure people, she said.