OLYMPIA, Wash. - The State Senate held a hearing today on a bill that would provide clear guidelines for how dog owners are allowed to restrain their pet.
Supporters of proposed legislation on dog tethering say it could save dogs' lives and protect the public to have strict guidelines and penalties. Proponents say there are already laws on the books to protect dogs.
Senate Bill 5649 would restrict dog owners from tying up their dogs overnight. Dog owners would also be prohibited from tying up their animals for more than ten hours or in bad weather.
The bill would also require dog owners to provide necessary food and water and provide sufficient shelter. A "sufficient shelter" would keep the dog clean, dry and protected from the elements. It would also allow the animal to sit, stand or move about without restriction.