Pet lovers push against cruel tethering in the dog days of summer

Pet lovers push against cruel tethering in the dog days of summer
During the scorching dog days of summer, pet owners and animal lovers are disappointed there's no South Carolina law against dog tethering.

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - During the scorching dog days of summer, pet owners and animal lovers are disappointed there's no South Carolina law against dog tethering.

Advocates say they will try again next year to get the bill to ban 'cruel tethering' to pass. For now, staff at Pawmetto Lifeline in Columbia have advice for pet owners. They advise against leaving dogs tethering outdoors during the day. In the least, they say to limit time outside and provide plenty of shade and cool, fresh water.

Robin Mitchell with Save the Chain Dogs in Aiken has been fighting for a law that makes things like metal spike collars misdemeanor. There's a local ordinance forbidding tethering in her hometown.

"It's pretty hard to, to deal with knowing that there's so many dogs just in this county alone but in this whole state," Mitchell says.

Barbara Nelson at The Albrecht Center in Aiken fought for the bill to pass, but it stalled in the House after passing the Senate.

"We make people responsible every day by putting up speed limit signs. Why can't we ask the citizenry to be responsible for humanely treating their animals?" Nelson says.

Medical experts say there are signs of heatstroke in dogs, like excessive panting and lethargy. Those symptoms indicate one should get a dog to the emergency vet.

"You know, we can sort of self-limit but our dogs can't speak to us and say hey this is too much for us and so that is always a danger you know in the extremely hot weather," Michael Kokernak says.

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