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The American Kennel Club has just learned that the Burke County (NC) Board of Commissioners is hosting a public hearing TOMORROW (Tuesday, August 18), on numerous changes to the county animal control laws.

This includes a new breeder’s permit, required annually, for anyone who intentionally or accidentally breeds a litter.  Among other provisions, it states that this permit would allow dogs to remain unsterilized for the year.  It is believed this permit is only required for those intending to breed, but there are questions as to whether unsterilized dogs may be kept without the permit.

In addition, new tethering requirements would, among other provisions, require that a 15 foot trolley be used any time a dog is tethered by means of confinement and unattended, and no unsterilized dog may be tethered unless there is also another means of confinement.  AKC agrees that dogs should never be tethered in a manner where their safety is at risk.  However, with this length requirement, it is possible a dog could become endangered or tangled.

Dog owners in Burke County are encouraged to review the ordinance here.

What you can do:

Dog owners, sportsmen and breeders are encouraged to attend the county commission hearing and express your comments about this proposal:

Burke County Commission Meeting
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
6:00 pm
110 North Green Street
Morganton, NC 28655

Face coverings are strongly encouraged, and seating is limited and on a first come, first serve basis. 

AKC Government Relations will continue to monitor this proposal.