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Calling for Change in Metro's Chain Leash Law -- Erika Kurre

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Nashville, TN - Getting a stronger pull on Nashville's chained leash law.

A viral video has got Music City talking about a change in the way dogs are treated outdoors.

Chained, malnourished and forgotten--and what's worse is the problem can be deadly for our children.

Metro councilmember Davette Blalock is inspired by a YouTube video made by the group Dogs Deserve Better and a South Nashville girl named Chloe Moss.

About 2 years ago, when Chloe was just seven, she was mauled by a chained dog.

Chloe was hospitalized with serious injuries.

Her mother tells Fox 17 on the phone that she was playing in a friend's yard when the dog approached her from behind.

She said it tried to eat her, biting her shoulder blades, the back of her scalp and dragging her. 

The only way Chloe survived was by crawling out of its reach.
   
Blalock is partnering with educators from Dogs Deserve Better.

DDB reports about 35 US children are killed or seriously injured by chained dogs each year.

It's not the dogs they have an issue with.

It's the way they're cared for that they're hoping to change.

Currently, metro's law only states the tether or leash has to be at least 15-feet and the dog needs adequate food, water and shelter.

Blalock is hoping to ban heavy chains and only allow lightweight durable tethers.

DDB is also requesting tethered dogs be spayed and neutered.

Little chloe still has scars both physically and emotionally, suffering from post-traumatic stress and anxiety. 
   
Meanwhile DDB members go door-to-door teaching people how to care for their dogs.
   
Councilwoman Blalock expects to present the change to the current ordinance before the metro council this summer.