The state of Washington has signed a bill that will enact stiff penalties if someone ties up a dog (Tethering) in an inhumane way.
The key is reckless abandonment, even temporary.
That is defined as leaving a dog for a period of time without providing him or her with adequate access to food, water and shelter. They must also be protected from excessive heat or cold from the environment and in a safe and sanitary area.
The bill is intended to reduce dogs’ injuries as a result of being tethered such as making sure they’re not left on a chain or rope that is so heavy it impedes their ability to sit, stand or lie down.
“Sadly many dogs in our state are forced to live their entire lives chained or tethered 24 hours a day,” Clark said at the hearing. “These chains can be heavy and short limiting a dog’s ability to move, find shelter from the elements or comfortably sit or lay down.”
About 20 other states along with the District of Columbia have enacted similar dog tethering laws, including California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia.
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