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.
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