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BATON ROUGE - For years, animal activists have called tethering dogs cruelty, and Wednesday East Baton Rouge council members introduced an ordinance that would make it illegal.

"That dog is a natural social animal that wants to get out, and when you keep it on that tether, it doesn't know why it's being restrained it just knows it is," said Councilman John Delgado.

He and another councilman, Buddy Amoroso, sponsored the ordinance after speaking to EBR Animal Control. The ordinance would make tethering of dogs for more than one hour constitutes cruelty to an animal.

"They think, 'oh well he's got water and he's got shade' and so 'that's all that the animal needs during the day,'" said Delgado. "But the truth is that that animal needs a lot more than that and putting them on a tether is cruel and inhumane."

Not everyone agrees with the proposed ordinance.

"I definitely don't see it as no animal cruelty," Baton Rouge resident Willie Ellis-Grant said.

He keeps his dog Prince outside during the day because it's not house broken.

"As long as he's on the leash he doesn't bother anybody," he said. "That's one good thing about having him on a leash."

The full council will vote on the proposed tethering ordinance at the May 8 metro council meeting.

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