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Group of Greencastle residents seek tethering ordinance

April 05, 2010|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, PA. -- A group of Greencastle-area residents has asked the Greencastle Borough Council to limit the outdoor tethering of dogs in an effort, they say, to save canine lives.

"We talk about beautifying Greencastle, but walk down these side streets and see the dogs tied out," said Bobbie McIntyre of Barr Road. "It is one of the ugliest things you will ever see."

Ilse-Marie Bramson of Leitersburg Street said she has been before the council on two other occasions to ask for the ordinance.

No dog should be allowed to be tied out for long periods of time, especially in inclement weather, she said.

Yet, with no ordinance in place, owners can tie their dogs out all day, every day, she said.

Some dogs have died in the cold, she said.

Robert Wertime of Leitersburg Street said residents were motivated recently to act when a beagle was tied out in extremely cold weather, but received no relief.

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Borough councilman Harry Foley questioned if Greencastle could enact an tethering ordinance given that the state has established dog laws.

He also asked whether residents have approached those who tether dogs for long periods of time and asked them to stop.

Bramson said if the council can establish an ordinance limiting the height of grass in residents' lawns, that an ordinance limiting the outdoor chaining of dogs should be well within its jurisdiction.

As for approaching the dog owners, Bramson said she has offered to buy dogs that were left in similar situations only to be met with hostility.

"Having such an ordinance gives the clear message that Greencastle cares how its animals are treated," she said. "And it can be enforced."

McIntyre said she knew of no other municipalities in Franklin County that have an ordinance that limits tethering a dog.

The only other Pennsylvania municipality she knew that had a similar law was the City of Hazleton.

Councilman Paul Schemel suggested that the borough's solicitor, Salzmann Hughes P.C. of Chambersburg, Pa., research the issue for the next council meeting.

Foley also asked to have a humane society representative address the council as well at its May meeting.

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