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WA: HB 2387 Will Ban Almost ALL Unattended Chaining

Discussion in 'Dog Ordinances & Laws' started by Vicki, Jan 16, 2010.

  1. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Administrator

    Attention Washington state dog owners, it's time to get in letter writing mode!

    Washington Bill Would Ban Almost All Unattended Chaining

    Posted Jan 15, 2010 by lauraallen

    and would also ban confinement in too small outdoor cages or pens.
    A bill is pending in the Washington state legislature, H.B. 2387, that would ban all unattended chaining or tethering of dogs except for an hour each day or up to 3 hours if the owner is engaged in a temporary task.

    The restriction would apply to dogs chained or tethered to stationary objects as well as running cable or pulley systems.

    For even the short period of unattended chaining or tethering allowed and if the dog is chained or tethered with the owner present, there would be restrictions to protect the comfort, health and safety of the dog. The dog could not be tethered within 100 yards of a school or with access to a public right of way.

    The bill would not apply to dogs in camping or recreation areas or those used as service dogs or by the military or law enforcement.
    It's not just for chained or tethered dogs.
    The bill would also require owners who confine dogs "in an enclosure for the majority of the day" to comply with the housing requirements under the new puppy mill law passed in 2009. Those requirements only apply to dog breeders with 10 or more breeding dogs, but under H.B. 2387, would apply to all dog owners who confine dogs "in an enclosure for the majority of the day".
    Those requirements which are now in effect and which this bill, H.B. 2387, would apply to owners who keep dogs in an enclosure for the majority of the day, state:
    The enclosure must provide "space to allow each dog to turn about freely, to stand, sit, and lie down", fully extended without touching any side of an enclosure or any other dog in the cage when they are lying down together.
    Each enclosure must be at least three times the length of the longest dog in the enclosure, from tip of nose to base of tail, and 6 inches higher than the tallest dog.

    Not really too much to ask.

    Unless a veterinarian certifies the dog cannot exercise, each dog over 4 months of age must have a minimum of one hour of exercise each day. The exercise must include removing the dog from his cage and either walking or "giving the dog access to an enclosure at least four times the size of the primary enclosure allowing the dog free mobility for the entire exercise period, but may not include use of a treadmill, cat mill, jenny mill, slat mill, or similar device, unless prescribed by a doctor of veterinary medicine."

    There are also requirements for daily cleaning, sanitation, protection from disease, infestation and pests, removing dogs from kennels or cages during cleaning, sufficient ventilation, a working smoke alarm, a means of fire suppression, and sufficient lighting.

    The housing must have "sufficient shade" and otherwise protect the dogs from "extreme temperatures and weather conditions" that may be "uncomfortable or hazardous to the dogs."
    Cages cannot be stacked and can be no more than 42 inches off the ground.
    Flooring must be "constructed in a manner that protects the dogs' feet and legs from injury."
    The new law states requirements for placing dogs together in the cages: All dogs housed in the same enclosure must be compatible.... Animals with a vicious or aggressive disposition must be housed individually. Breeding females in heat may not be housed in the same enclosure with sexually mature males, except for breeding. Breeding females with litters may not be housed in the same enclosure with other adult dogs. Puppies under twelve weeks may not be housed in the same enclosure with other adult dogs, other than the dam or foster dam.

    The penalties for violations of H.B. 2387, should it become law, would be civil fines: $100 for the first violation, $250 for the second and $500 for the third and subsequent violations.
    The bill was introduced by Washington state Reps. Tom Campbell, Maralyn Chase, and Sherry Appleton.
    Pennsylvania and New York are also considering restrictions on tethering and chaining of dogs. At least enough to get them out of the cold, snow or hot sun for several hours each day.
    Other State Laws on Chaining/Tethering Dogs
    In 2009 Nevada joined 9 other states in placing restrictions on tethering or chaining: California (Health & Safety Code Sec. 122335), Texas (Tex. Health & Safety Code Sec. 821.077), Connecticut, (Conn. Gen. Stat. § 22-350a), Tennessee (Tenn. Code §39-14-202), Delaware (7 Del. C. § 1704), Michigan (Mi. Comp. Laws § 750.50), Vermont (13 V.S.A. § 365), Maine (M.R.S. § 4015), and North Carolina (N.C. Gen. Stat. §14-362.3). Nevada, California and Texas limit the number of hours dogs can be chained each day.
    Why Chaining/Tethering of Dogs Should be Banned or Restricted
    Chained dogs tend to be neglected and can be dangerous, straining animal control resources and endangering the community.

    The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and United States Dept of Agriculture (USDA) also oppose chaining dogs.

    The Center for Disease Control has said chained dogs are 2.8 times more likely to bite adults. Chained dogs are nearly 5 times more likely to bite children. The National Canine Research Council reports that almost 30% of all fatal dog attacks involve chained or penned dogs. The ASPCA reports 81% of fatal dog attacks involve dogs that are isolated. Go here for more information.
    Nicholas Dodman, DVM, Professor, Tufts University, says, "Chaining dogs makes them more aggressive. They are natural social animals and [chaining] induces 'isolation-induced aggression' and creates a 'junkyard' dog effect. They basically go mad."
    Find your Washington state legislators here or representatives here. Write (faxes are best) or call and urge them to vote YES on H.B. 2387 and get dogs off chains and also assure dogs confined in pens or runs have adequate space and shelter!

    Washington Bill Would Ban Almost All Unattended Chaining | Animal Law Coalition
  2. Budboy88

    Budboy88 Good Dog

    any Washington owners here?
  3. Poisoned

    Poisoned GRCH Dog

    I'm SURE there are. This is sick, I have to say. I've seen plenty of house dogs and dogs who runs loose in the yard who are in terrible shape.
  4. Budboy88

    Budboy88 Good Dog

    honestly i must say most of the chained dogs ive seen are in far better shape than most house dogs or yard dogs
  5. I am & I will be pursuing this. So help me get my thoughts together! :o

    I agree that neglected dogs on chains or in small enclosures is a bad thing. But there should already be laws against neglect, correct? The law should state that sufficient food, water & shelter be provided, regardless of what confinement method is used.

    Should the law also contain language outlining a minimum amount of time spent exercising, or otherwise off the chain (or out of the enclosure)? What could be the draw-backs to including language like that?

    Any other thoughts or suggestions?

    BILLBKLYN Good Dog

    Little by little, the powers that be are chipping away at responsible bulldog ownership.
  7. Victoria

    Victoria Big Dog

    This bill will be an enforcement nightmare, and extremely costly to the public. If we can get just those points out alone, I sincerely doubt this will even hit the floor.

    I think even most anti tethering people are going to be on this one - its just too extreme. I'll start passing this info around.
  8. hunnbunny360

    hunnbunny360 Puppy

    Im a washington citizen, Some of the things they said made me a laugh a little.

    So your saying basically if I live a mile away from a school, and I have a bunch of land thats fenced off and everything, and Its summer, they are under shade, and have water, I can get in trouble if I have my dog outside for more then an Hour?! REEEAAAAALLLY how crazy can you be.

    Wowww Im going to be fighting this like Debo-Dumbo-ears
  9. Strakatz

    Strakatz Little Dog

    That isn't even close to what I've seen around here.
  10. pokeweed

    pokeweed Puppy

  11. Jim

    Jim Good Dog

    How do you suggest people contain their dogs?
  12. IronChef

    IronChef Big Dog

    Nor is there anything humane about kenneling a dog 24/7. Crating a dog 24/7. Leaving a dog to rot loose in the yard 24/7. Locking the dog in the basement 24/7.

    Nor can you legislate someone into giving a damn.
  13. Victoria

    Victoria Big Dog

    Very well stated.
    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 21, 2010
  14. CoolHandJean

    CoolHandJean Krypto Super Dog

    Exactly. Making chaining illegal does not stop a abusive/neglectful owner into a responsible owner. They will still be abusive/neglectful, just instead of one a chain, the dog will be in a pen or in a kennel neglected/abused, or worse roaming the neighborhood loose.

    Just like it's not the breed, it's the owner. It's not the form of containment, it's the owner.

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