Dogs Unchained by New Palm Beach County Law

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It goes without saying that with the dog days of August bearing down upon us, this is good news for Florida’s pet population.

First-time violators of the tethering and shelter laws face a $100 fine. A second offense carries a $250 fine and a third offense is $500. Depending on the severity of the violation, criminal charges are possible.

35 thoughts on “Dogs Unchained by New Palm Beach County Law”

  1. So they are not allowed to put dogs on leashes? Trying to understand…. If so that leaves them running at large possibly getting hit by a car, stolen and abused or euth, but I have always thought dogs are for indoors not outside and unloved…

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    • What the blank are you babbling about??? Did you not watch the video? YOU CAN NOT LEAVE YOUR DOG ALONE, BY IT’S SELF, WITH OUT SOME ONE THERE, UNWATCHED. Now I am trying to understand What is wrong with you, and have great hope you do not own a dog. Think about it.

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  2. Kirsta, surely if you have areas that have no fencing, then you have no dog. It should be mandatory that pets that are left outside should have plenty of shelter, water and NOT BE TETHERED. If you cannot have an animal running safely free in your garden, then don’t get the animal – simple……

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  3. No Krista, what I am saying is that if you cannot keep your dog safe without chaining it up, then you shouldn’t have a dog. Responsible people should look at their living conditions before deciding on getting an animal – not every abode is dog friendly. Are you telling me then that to keep their kids safe they chain them up as well, if they do not have a safe yard? It’s exactly the same.

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  4. I applaud this law. Dogs should not be left all day long on a tether in the front of back yard (don’t say you don’t know this happens everyday).

    Also like the new deffinitions of a shelter. When I do my greyhound rescue, I talk to people on proper shelters. It still surprises me that there are folks out there that think just throwing a dog in the backyard in all weather with nothing to protect them from the elements is okay.

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  5. This is a great start. I think the punishments need to be more severe though. $100 for a possible dead dog on the end of a leash at the end of a hot day? Definitely not severe enough for my tastes anyway.

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    • I agree MizzV ! None of our laws tword animal neglect and cruelty seems to be where they should be this day and age. Neglect is out of control, and slight punishment to the human, The animal can’t speek for it’s self, so slap on the wrist, and put the dog down. It is becoming a sick world, stupidity seems to be winning out after some of the comments I just read.

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