A Focus on Dog Bite Laws and Dog Bite Prevention

In Chapel Hill as well as a number of other cities around North Carolina, lawmakers and citizens are butting heads over dog tethering laws. While some argue that tethering is necessary and humane, others argue that prolonged tethering can lead to aggressive behavior and is not fair to the dogs themselves. Specifically, in Chapel Hill, Orange County officials are proposing a three-hour tethering limit, along with the requirement of proper tethering equipment and a minimum size for enclosures. Four other jurisdictions in North Carolina have already adopted similar tethering laws.

Tethering and dog abuse laws are, as one can imagine, intimately tied to the issue of dog aggression and dog bite injury cases. Dogs on short tethers are historically more dangerous than dogs in fenced yards or kennels and one rule of dog bite prevention is that strange dogs on tethers should not be approached at all.

To help our readers better understand dog bite laws in North Carolina and how you can keep you and your family safe from dog attacks and dog-related injuries, we have added three new library items to our webpage:
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