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Tethering Nearly Killed Local Pup

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To enjoy the outdoors, many of us head to the park, go for a run or hop on a bike.

But when it comes to your dog, you might be doing something that could cause great harm, or even kill your pet.

I have been following the story of one local pup that almost didn't make it because of how its owners decided to keep it outside.

Some of us have memories growing up with our pets on tethers.

All it is, is a rope and a hook or spike that you drive into the ground. You can find tethers in just about every pet store in our area, but get this, its illegal---even the ropes that run from tree to tree.

Today, I was at Animal Control to check in on the pup, they've named "BoLo" and I learned that not knowing, is not an excuse.

"If your hand is not on the other end of a leash or collar of that dog, that is tethering in Chatham County," says SCMPD Animal Control officer, Christina Sutherin.

She says on the receiving end, is exactly where poor BoLo found himself for nearly two whole weeks.

"The officer realized the dog was in distress and in need of immediate care. Surgery was immediately done. He's been on lots of antibiotics and of course lots of love and care here at Animal Control."

Officer Sutherin says tethering is a big deal in Chatham County. So much so, they have made it illegal in hopes of keeping dogs from ending up like handsome Bolo.

"They had to debride the wound. Not to get too graphic, but they had to go in and clean it out because of how long the wound had been there, and then stitch and staple several layers back together."

Bolo is one of the lucky ones. Too often dogs are mistreated, abused and killed by the very ones that are supposed to keep them safe.

"It's a mandatory court appearance any time there is a tethering violation, or animal cruelty, which in this case is what the owner was charged with. Its eventually ajudicated in front of a judge, so it can be 30 days in jail, a year probation, a thousand dollar fine. It all depends on the case."

Now, BoLo is on the mend and this smiley pup seems to be happy with the possibility of a bright future.

"We are just waiting to get those stitched out so he can get a good bath and see if he will be released into Animal Control's care so we can get him into an indoor home, with a nice comfy mattress and a warm place to sleep at night."

The wait time for your chance in front of a judge for tethering a dog is about two months, and chances are your dog will be in Metro's custody for that period.

If there is a dog that you are concerned about, you are urged to call Animal Control to report it, and tipsters can remain anonymous. That number is 912-525-2151.

After all, it's better to be safe than sorry.

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