Every time Shelby Townsend drove past, she saw a little dog chained in the backyard near her rural home.
Townsend wondered whether it was legal to treat a pet that way. When she found out that it was, the retiree had one thought.
The law must be changed.
In the next few months, Townsend rallied for an anti-tethering ordinance, which went into effect in Cumberland County in August. This summer, a similar ordinance will take effect in Fayetteville. Townsend would like to see her ordinance passed across the state.
"Ordinary citizens can make a difference," Townsend said. "I am not educated. I am not rich. I am not politically inclined. I have no connections. I am an ordinary citizen."