After gathering a tremendous amount of support for her petition in favor of a new tethering ordinance, one Care2 member is celebrating a victory for her community — thanks to her dedication and Care2 petition! The petition gathered over 700 signatures, which were taken to the Sarasota County Administration Building on September 15, the date commissioners passed the revised ordinance.
The recently passed Sarasota ordinance provides provisions that are in the best interest of all dogs’ safety and health, including leash length restrictions to ensure the animal is in range of food, water and shelter.
Several counties do not have laws protecting dogs from being tied to short chains for extended periods of time, under harsh conditions — but many are fighting for laws in favor of more humane animal care and safer communities. Just a few weeks ago, a women chained herself to a dog house in order to take a stand against tethering in Pennsylvania.
With all the attention concerning the issue, Sarasota residents proved community involvement can make a difference. The petition creator, Caroline, was kind enough to share her secrets to a successful petition with me:
1. What motivated you to create this petition?
It came to my attention that a woman associated with DDB (Dogs Deserve Better) here in Sarasota started a quest to have the current ordinance changed. I got involved and decided to create a petition as this was something she had not done.
2. How did you promote this petition?
Sent out emails to my animal rescue cross post list and personal contacts.
3. Why do you think this petition became a success?
Chaining dogs is just so wrong and a lot of people agree and feel strongly about it. I noticed that a lot of the signatures came from Europe though and I wish more Americans had as much sense as them.
4. Is the new, revised ordinance all that you hoped it would be?
Exactly! But just having the ordinance revised to ban tethering of dogs will not do much unless we can get law enforcement to act. I just found out yesterday that one of my friends who is a Sarasota Police Officer did not even know about it. We need to spread the word.
5. Is there anything else you would like Care2 members to know about this news?
Care2 petitions are a great way to bring awareness of injustices and show that you care.
We encourage all Care2 members to create petitions for causes they are passionate about. You can start here!
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