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States Continue to Enact Tethering Ordinances

Many states limit dog tethering.

If you ever walked by a dog tied to a chain, you know how limiting a tether can be. Many animal rights groups agree that dogs shouldn't be tied up and are lobbying for anti-chaining laws. According to American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), there are currently 25 states with legislation that limits dog tethering. The number of communities across the country with these laws in place is even larger.

According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Tucson, Ariz., Bainbridge, Ga., Beaufort, S.C., and Mineola, Texas, completely prohibit chaining. Additionally, there are tons of other places that regulate the amount of time a dog can be tied to a stationary post.

Illinois most recently joined other states in passing legislation when they enacted the ordinance in 2013. According to the AVMA, the ordinance regulates the type of tether that can be used and specifies the conditions that must be met in order to chain a dog.

This year, Chesapeake, Va., may join the other nearby towns that have a law on the books banning chaining for more than an hour, according to the Virginian-Pilot. City officials will decide on the matter at the end of January.

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