Pecos Dog Owners Debate No Chaining Proposal

By Wyatt Goolsby
NewsWest 9

PECOS - It failed once, but some Pecos people are bringing back the fight to keep the town's dogs off chains. At Thursday's City Council meeting, some enlisted the help of a few Big Spring residents who know a thing or two about the battle.

Thursday was a very emotional night for some at the Pecos City Council meeting. Members of the local Humane Society continue to push for a no chaining, no tethering law city-wide.  On Thursday, they got some backup. Mr. Woody Jumper is a former Big Spring City Councilman who's seen success with a similar law in his town.

"The first three months was a little bit rough," Jumper explained. "I was known as the dog man, but that waned away and now you can walk down the streets of Big Spring and in most cases, probably 95 percent of the time, you don't have to worry about a dog biting you or running out at you or anything like that."

Many say chaining dogs results in aggressive behavior, which is why many have been so passionate about the issue. However, nothing is set in stone yet. Council members said they want to talk to both sides as they continue to hear from Pecos residents.

On Thursday, the City Council tabled the issue. They said they want to research Big Spring's ordinance, and get more local input.

"We just don't want to tie people's hands too much," Pecos Councilman Cody West explained. "I think there are certain rights that people have. A lot of folks don't want the city government telling them what they can do with their dog on their property. So, I'm sure we're going to have a tough decision to make."

City Council members in Pecos saidefinitelyre defnitely vocal residents both for and against the chaining law. The trick is just trying to get them together to debate it on a regular basis. The issue will be right back on the Council's agenda on December 21st.