Update Feb. 24, 2010:
As USA Today notes a trend in increasing restrictions on chaining dogs, the Hawaii House of Representatives' Committee on the Judiciary has voted unanimously to pass H.B. 2724 with amendments! (The Senate version, S.B. 2877, has passed a senate committee.)
H.B. 2724 would define tethering to include attaching a dog to a cable trolley system and require any tether or chain to be at least 5 times the length of the dog, but never less than 10 feet long. The tether or chain would be required to have a swivel on one end and not weigh more than 10% of the dog's weight. Dogs under 6 months old could not be tethered. Penalties would be $50 for a first offense and $200 for subsequent offenses.
Read SB 1222
The Hawaii anti-tethering bill, S.B. 1222, does not get dogs off chains. But it does try to make the chaining or tethering better.
The bill would ban the use of choke, prong, chain or pinch collars when chaining or tethering. The bill would require the chain or tether to be tied so the dog does not become entangled in it.
That's it. A baby step.
The Hawaii House and Senate have passed differing versions of this bill but not as it relates to tethering. The bills also address confinement of animals in cages or other enclosures. Both bills agree pet animals should not be confined in a "cruel or inhumane" manner. The House version would also require "[a]ny kennel or cage where a dog or cat spends the majority of its time must allow the dog or cat adequate space to stand up, turn around freely, and lie down."
Not too much to ask. A conference committee has been appointed to resolve differences in the bill between House and Senate.
The bill also reduces the numbers a person can have in determining hoarding from 20 to 15.