Beckley leaders aim to create rules regarding tethering of pets

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Just days after a neighboring county created rules to protect pets, the city of Beckley is taking action as well. The Fayette County Commission adopted a tethering ordinance last week. 

The law allows police officers to intervene under certain conditions when pets are leashed outside. 

During a Beckley City Council meeting, people asked if Beckley would also enact a tethering ordinance.  Tom Sopher, Councilman for City of Beckley Ward 1, said Mayor Rappold and City Attorney William File have been working on this for a while now. 

“Right now we’re waiting for the city attorney to create the ordinance. And once the ordinance is created he will give it to council and we will go through a first reading,” Sopher said.  

Sopher added they could take an ordinance from another city or county and tailor it for the needs of Beckley.  He said he will vote for it because he thinks it is needed.  

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