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Chaining dogs outside overnight will be banned in Columbus under a new city ordinance that places restrictions on how dogs and other animals can be tethered.

The Columbus City Council unanimously approved the new restrictions Monday.

Violators of the new law could be charged with misdemeanors ranging from minor to a first-degree offense. Columbus Humane, formerly the Capital Area Humane Society, would be responsible for enforcing the new rules.

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“Life on a chain is a hazard and in direct conflict with the core values I know our city holds to be true,” said Rachel Finney, executive director of Columbus Humane. “Every single day our agents encounter dogs that spend their entire lives on a chain.”

Columbus will join several other central Ohio communities that recently have considered or adopted rules for chaining dogs.

Courtesy of Columbus Dispatch

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