This language is incorporated into the Animal Welfare Department Bill/Law
Book and is not a separate bill.
A. A shelter must be provided that is fully enclosed except for a portal. The portal must be of a sufficient size to allow the dog unimpeded passage into and out of the structure. For dogs other than arctic breeds, the portal must be constructed with a baffle or other means of keeping wind and precipitation out of the interior. The shelter must _BE CONSTRUCTED _of materials with a thermal resistance factor of 0.9 or greater and must contain clean bedding material sufficient to retain the dog’s normal body heat; and
B. The chain or tether must be attached to both the dog and the anchor using swivels or similar devices that prevent the chain or tether from becoming entangled or twisted. The chain or tether must be attached to a well-fitted collar or harness on the dog. For dogs other than arctic breeds, the chain or tether must be at least 5 times the length of the dog measured from the tip of its nose to the base of its tail. For arctic breeds, the chain or tether must be:
(1) At least 2.5 times the length of the dog measured from the tip of its
nose to the base of its tail if the anchor is stationary; or
Note: The only thing that may change is that the Arctic breed exclusion language may be removed and replaced with language giving the exemption only to dogs involved in sled dog activities - so that owners individual arctic breeds will also required to abide by the 4-sided housing, baffle over door and length of chain (5 times length of dog) requirement.
LD 1185: An Act To Protect Dogs Tied Outside, was killed during the work session due to opposition from local hunting clubs and the Maine Guide's Organization. Of course, we will try again...