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Dogs no longer allowed to be tied up outside in Columbus, agents on rescue missions

Columbus Humane agents said a new city ordinance that makes it illegal to tether dogs outside overnight is giving them the ability to help more animals. (WSYX/WTTE)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- Columbus Humane agents said a new city ordinance that makes it illegal to tether dogs outside overnight is giving them the ability to help more animals.

Agents just rescued one 30-pound dog, which was found tethered by a 15-pound chain on the east side all-day long.

"This is her existence in the backyard, twenty-four-seven," said Chief Humane Agent for Columbus Humane, Kerry Manion.

Now, Columbus Humane, formerly known as the Capital Area Humane Society, said they can do more about this because of the ordinance. It bans dogs from being left on chains overnight, also banning certain collars and tethers.

"Between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.," said Manion.

Humane agents said this is more important than ever, now that cold weather is setting in.

"Our calls almost double," said Manion.

He said agents meet dogs, like the little one just rescued from the east side, everyday, who have lived their entire lives on a chain.

ABC 6/FOX 28 rode along with him on two calls in the Linden area. The first was a report of two dogs on chains, left outside. Manion found the chains, but no one and no dogs.

Then, the next stop, a caller said a dog was being left outside. Manion was able to talk with the family, who says the dog sleeps inside. He even gave them a collar and leash.

"The community is our eyes," said Manion.

Columbus Humane said under the new ordinance, owners could be charged with a first degree offense or a misdemeanor.

Columbus Humane said they are seeking custody of the little dog just rescued. If that goes according to their plan, agents said she could be available for adoption in time for Christmas.

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