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Recent legislation changes rules on tethering dogs

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A recent change in legislation could have an affect on how you tether your dogs outside.

Under the new law, a tether must be at least ten feet, cannot weigh more than one eighth of the dog's body weight, and logging chains or tow ropes are no longer allowed to be used as tethers. The tether also cannot interfere with other properties or other tethered animals.

Existing law states dogs must have adequate food, water, and shelter, which would be a dog house or igloo. Overhanging trees or tarps do not qualify as adequate shelter.

If someone fails to provide proper food, water, or shelter, they could face up to six months in prison for their first violation. A second violation could send them to prison for three years.

The regulations go into effect on January 1.

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