(By Staff Report/Chewelah Independent)
State trying to crack down on unethical tethering…
In an effort to combat animal abuse, a new Washington law puts stricter conditions on how dog owners can tether their pet, KXLY is reporting.
The new law requires a person that leaves a dog tethered for a substantial period of time to provide access to food and water to the animal. The dog must also be able to sit, lie and stand comfortably and not have their range of movement restricted. Dog owners can only restrain their dog for a period of time that is not considered reckless.
Dogs also must be on separate tethers and cannot be fixed to the same point. Dogs also can’t be tethered in an unsafe or unsanitary way.
If the dog is sick, suffering from disease, pregnant or under six months old, then it is illegal to tether it.
The first offense will be a warming, but the penalty after that is a civil infraction.
Washington State Governor Inslee signed the bill into law in April, making Washington one of 20 states that have laws regarding dog tethering. Animal control officers can issue warnings or civil infractions for dog owners violating the new law.