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Unchained Asheville Fence Build

A dog owner in Fairview now has a safe place to keep her pet, thanks to some hard working volunteers.

Folks with Chainfree Asheville built a fence in Amy Mullen's front yard today. 

The non-profit was started five-years-ago.  The mission is to keep dogs in Asheville and Buncombe County off a chain.

Organizers say keeping the animals restrained for long periods of time can cause health and behavior problems.

Amy Mullen, dog owner, "no more worrying about where booboo is. Where my child is. They're secure. I can look out the kitchen window and know they are safe, period."

Patrick Irwin, President, Chainfree Asheville, "my late wife, Peggy Irwin founded the organization. We've had so many volunteers and supporters over the years that we just keep going."

In 2009, the City of Asheville changed its ordinance to ban the chaining of dogs.

The non-profit is working with Buncombe County leaders on a similar proposal.


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