Law Aimed at Curbing Animal Abuse

I recently passed a new law that is aimed at curbing animal abuse.

A study by the Centers for Disease Control found that chained and tethered dogs are 2.8 times more likely to bite and the long term effects of tethering can severely damage a dog’s physical and psychological well-being.

Under my new law, it prohibits the tethering, leashing, fastening, securing, restraining, chaining or tying of a dog to a stationary object for more than two continuous hours in any 12-hour period. 

The law also requires that the restraint be at least 10-feet for a running able trolley and 15 feet for a tether to a stationary object – long enough to give the dog continuous access to food, water and shelter. In addition, the stationary tether, leash or chain should not weigh more than 1/8th of the dog’s total body weight, nor exceed 10 pounds.

My anti-tethering legislation is designed to better protect the health, welfare and safety of Huntington residents and their animals.

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