Toms River, a town in New Jersey, just passed an ordinance to limit the amount of time that dogs can be tethered outside. According to Toms River’s animal rights activists, this bill is one step closer to ensuring that dogs are suitably taken care of.
Asbury Park Press reported some of the stipulations of the law:
“The new measure prohibits pet owners from tethering their dog outside for more than six consecutive hours. Dogs also are not allowed to be chained outside between sunset and sunrise. Adequate food, water and a dry, shaded area must be provided for the dog.Dog houses must be moisture-proof, windproof, ventilated and provide proper protection for extreme weather. The ordinance also spells out the type of tether that can be used.”
Violators will be fined $100 for a first offense, $200 for a second, and $300 for a third, after which the pet(s) will be confiscated by animal control.