NYC Takes on Tethering, Passes New Dog Protection Measures

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New York City Councilman Peter Vallone Junior says a dog that’s tied up is three times more likely to bite than one that’s allowed to roam free, just one of the reasons he’s sponsored legislation to make it illegal to tie up a dog for more than three consecutive hours in 12-hour period.

It prohibits owners from using tethers that choke a dog or are too heavy. The bill also requires food, water, and adequate shelter be given to a dog if it’s restrained for more than 15 minutes. First-time offenders face a fine of up to $250. A repeat violator could face a fine of up to $500 or up to three months in prison.

The Council approved the legislation by a vote of 41-to-7. Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to sign the bill into law.

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8 thoughts on “NYC Takes on Tethering, Passes New Dog Protection Measures”

  1. WHOOHOO!!!!! 41-to-7 victory!! This is fabulous! I can only hope this has a trickle down effect to other states!

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  2. Ginger the key words here are “common sense”, something that is missing in most humans these days.

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  3. I agree with Ginger. Anyone considering the addition of a dog to their household must evaluate their living arrangements to determine if they have what is needed (like a fenced yard) to properly care for a dog. Too many people acquire animals on a whim and don’t do what is logical by assessing whether they can house and care for a dog. We all want shelter dogs to have a home, but a good home and not one that is inhumane. This legislation in NY is a step forward in our fight to improve living conditions for all dogs and should be a model for other states that are infamous for looking the other way on tethered dogs. This is a horrible practice and many dogs hang themselves because of this. The truth is that anyone condoning this practice doesn’t see dogs as family members but as property and this perspective needs to change for us to move forward in our efforts to better protect all canine companions.

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