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Tethering ordinance discussion continues
Dog tethering
Health and Welfare Committee chair Blaine Wilcher continues to gather information and discuss a dog tethering ordinance.

Local residents may want to put a chain on a proposed tethering ordinance in Warren County.

The full Warren County Commission met Monday. While a tethering ordinance was not presented, Commissioner Blaine Wilcher attempted to calm any discontent from fellow commissioners and the public. 

“As I’ve stated many times, we are not going after any pet owner that is responsible and takes care of their animal,” said Wilcher. “We are not, technically, going after any pet owner. We are just looking at ways of taking care of those that are not being taken care of properly. I welcome any questions.”

Wilcher’s cell number is (931) 743-2461. 

“Call or text me,” said Wilcher. “I will answer you at some point and discuss it with you. All we are doing right now is talking about it and researching it and seeing if there’s anything we can do for those animals that aren’t getting taken care of.”

A tethering ordinance is currently under consideration by the county Health and Welfare Committee of which Wilcher is chair. Prompting the deliberation was a presentation by Nicole McPeak of the Warren County Pets Lost and Found urging that something be done to increase protection for dogs housed outdoors. 

“What we are going right now in committee is just gathering information and seeing what can be done,” said Wilcher. 

The Health and Welfare Committee traditionally meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. Its May session has yet to be announced.