Speak Up For Chained Dogs in New York

A bill that would limit tethering in New York was introduced earlier this month by New York City Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr. 

“Chaining a dog and leaving it for hours is fair neither to the dog nor the people that must walk past it. This type of abuse can turn the nicest pet into an attack dog. We must send a message that this is no way to care for an animal,” said Vallone.

There are only a few communities that have regulations regarding chaining of dogs, and only a few states have banned it entirely. Dogs can be left outside with no food, water or access to shelter for their entire lives. They can suffer from inclement weather, attacks from other animals or die hanging themselves.

Chained dogs also pose a threat to their communities, and especially children. The National Canine Research Council reports that nearly 30% of all fatal dog attacks involve chained or penned dogs. Isolation at the end of a tether can lead to frustration and aggression for an incredibly social pack animal.

Intro. 425 in New York will limit the time for a dog to be tied to three hours in a 12 hour period. Warnings will be given for first time offenders, a $250 fine for a second offense and a $500 fine and/or three months in jail for a third offense.

Violations can be handed out by the NYPD, veterinarians at the Department of Health and employees of the ASPCA. 

Sign Care2’s petition asking the New York City Council to limit dog chaining and pass Intro 425.

Check out Dog’s Deserve Better for a mountain of information on ways to help chained dogs in your community. 

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627 comments

Irene S.
Irene S.1 years ago

The petition is closed now.

Ruth Smith
Ruth Smith1 years ago

Research suggest that dogs come from the same species as human, hence, their ability to understand words associated with the brain's auditory complex. Anyone who chains a dog cannot be trusted with children in my opinion. Chaining is cruel and speaks to ability to abuse. It is the community responsibility to demand anti chaining bylaws. Further breeding dogs is another type of overproduction of dogs which leads many animals being abandoned, "put down" and left caged.

Ruth Smith
Ruth Smith1 years ago

Research suggest that dogs come from the same species as human, hence, their ability to understand words associated with the brain's auditory complex. Anyone who chains a dog cannot be trusted with children in my opinion. Chaining is cruel and speaks to ability to abuse. It is the community responsibility to demand anti chaining bylaws. Further breeding dogs is another type of overproduction of dogs which leads many animals being abandoned, "put down" and left caged.

Henriette Matthijssen

If you love your best friend, you do not abandone him at the end of a chain, he is with you in everywhere you are! This should be banned world wide!

Fi T.
Fi T.1 years ago

Can any persons be treated in the same way?

Leslie Stanick
Leslie Stanick2 years ago

Humans don't like being chained, and neither do dogs.

Lois Mills
Lois Mills2 years ago

I too hate to see dogs left chained up in their yards. Dogs are very social animals and loneliness is something they feel, just like people. Why have a pet just to keep it locked up away from the family? Half the time any water left for the animal is tipped over, and he has nothing to drink even during a hot summer day.

Carole R.
Carole R.2 years ago

It breaks my heart to hear of or see a chained dog. They need room to run. Hopefully this will be banned everywhere before too long.

B Lewenza
B Lewenza2 years ago

Voted I hate it so much when I see a poor dog chained to a tree or dog house with their water bowl tipped over and sitting in the sweltering sun for hours on end. Or if it is winter and they are chained to a dog house. Why get a dog in the first place if you are not going to be responsible for it, they keep the dog in the house while it is a puppy and then shuffle them outside with little to no attention at all. The dog doesn't understand why or what they did this is so terribly unfair to the dog.

Alexandra G.
Alexandra G.2 years ago

thanks, voted