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Smyrna Dog Owner Speaks Out After Wife Arrested for Violating Tethering Laws

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SMYRNA, Del. - Demetric Isabell of Smyrna says he can't believe his wife was arrested on Tuesday, after police say the couple violated the town's dog tethering laws.

"It's stupid. If they see a visible wound on a dog then they can charge you. It's ridiculous," said Isabell.
       
Smyrna police say they found the dog tethered in the couple's yard with open wounds on both of its ears. Owners say the arrest should have never happened.

Isabel said his 4-year-old pit bull Mabel was bitten by a fly. He said the wound then opened up.

"I had to put spray on it to keep the flies off, but they (police) got me because they saw this wound here. It's crazy," said Isabell.
        
Police says Michelle Dillmore was charged with tethering the injured dog at the couple's home along Chestnut Street. She was fined $50, and according to her husband had to pay a $500 court fine.

This is the first arrest Smyrna police made in a tethering case. The ordinance was passed this summer.

Chief Wilburt Bordley of the Smyrna Police Department says animals with visible wounds should not be tethered. Bordley says pet owners should practice pet safety.

"Properly supervise them as you would with your children," said Bordley.
     
According to Isabel, a neighbor alerted authorities.

"The cop showed up saying people called and said my dog bleeding and he was abused, but he just had a fly bite on his ear. I've been putting ointment on him to heal him. My dogs are healthy and I take good care of them," said Isabel.  

Isabel said he and his wife are now considering moving out of the area.

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