- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 21, 2017

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) - Texarkana has passed an ordinance banning the chaining of dogs.

The city Board of Directors voted 6-1 to adopt an ordinance that will change how dogs may be tied up within city limits, the Texarkana Gazette (https://bit.ly/2nGo13z ) reported.

The ordinance says dogs can’t be chained to stationary objects but may be restrained with a “trolley” or pulley system that allows more freedom of movement. It takes effect next month.

Ward 2 Director Laney Harris voted against the ordinance. He has been critical of the new law because it’ll allow animal control officers to seize a chained dog without a court warrant after a warning and a 10-day waiting period.

“I’ll end by saying if you start by taking the rights away from somebody, you’re eventually going to take the rights away of everybody,” he said.

The director of Texarkana Animal Care and Adoption Center, Charles Lokey, said he was pleased with the board’s decision and called it a step forward for Texarkana.

Lokey said animal control officers can hold an animal to protect its welfare. He said any cases warranting a seizure of a dog would result from animal neglect or cruelty serious enough that the dog’s owner would subsequently appear in court.

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Information from: Texarkana Gazette, https://www.texarkanagazette.com

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