Parents of boy mauled by dog support proposed dog-tethering ban

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ROCK HILL, SC —

The parents of a Rock Hill boy mauled by a dog spoke out Thursday night in support of an ordinance that would ban dog tethering.

York County's Animal Control presented the idea to a county council committee Thursday as a way of addressing recent problems with aggressive and dangerous animals.

This spring 11-year-old Kenny Allen went to his neighbor's house to borrow a kitchen utensil. The neighbor's dog broke its chain and attacked the boy. The dog tore the boy's hand, arm, and ripped a large part of the boy's scalp from his head.

"Emotionally it's been a lot," said the boy's mother, Becki Allen.

Thursday York County's Animal Control presented several ideas that could help address problems with aggressive and dangerous animals.

One idea it presented would prohibit tethering of all dogs. Another would prohibit tethering of all bully breeds, and another would require a permit for owning or keeping five or more dogs.

Animal advocates at Thursday's Public Works Committee meeting said they've been pushing for nearly four years for a complete ban on dog tethering.

"Tethering can promote aggression in a dog; they become very territorial," said Alicia Schwartz of the Committee for Responsible Pet Ownership.

Officials said they've had 265 reports of dogs biting people in the county. The committee will consider the proposals and make a recommendation to the York County Council in the weeks to come. If any of the proposals are adopted, some leaders said it could be early next year before it is in place.