New York Residents:
New York State anti tethering bill--for the 3rd or 4th year--still no law
New York's proposed tethering restrictions, AB 6046, has been in the Agriculture Committee since February, 2009. The bill was introduced by Assembly Members William Magee and Joan L. Millman. Mr. Magee is the Chair of the Agriculture Committee.
This bill would limit chaining of dogs, including use of a running cable or trolley, to no more than 6 hours a day.
The bill also requires any tether to be at least 15 feet long that must be attached to prevent injury or strangulation or entanglement with other objects. There have been incidents, for example, of dogs climbing a fence while chained and hanging themselves. The bill, AB 6046, would ban the use of choke type or prong collars for chaining and require any tether or chain to be attached to a properly fitted collar, harness or like device made for that purpose.
In the introduction to the bill, it is stated, "We should be doing everything we can to decrease the number of aggressive, non-socialized dogs. That will most certainly translate into fewer dog bites, healthier children (as they are most often the ones bitten).... [A] large part of that is ensuring that our dogs are not unduly and unnecessarily chained for long periods of time thus providing them with the exercise and social outlet that they want and need.
So, it's time to move this bill out of committee and onto votes by the Assembly and Senate. Winter is here and there is no reason we shouldn't do everything in New York state to save dogs left on chains to freeze to death.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Find Assembly Agriculture Committee members here and write or call each one and urge them to vote yes to AB 6046 to restrict cruel chaining and save the lives of dogs chained continually right now in freezing weather.
Go here to find your New York state Assembly member and urge him or her to support restrictions on chaining dogs, AB 6046.
BILL NO A06046
SAME AS No same as
SPONSOR Magee (MS)
COSPNSR Millman, Titone
MLTSPNSR Hevesi, Pheffer
Add S353-e, Ag & Mkts L
Provides that no dog shall be restrained by a tethering device attached to a fixed point or to a running cable trolley system for more than six hours per day."
Find your NYS Assembly Member to write/call: http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem
2007 NYS chaining restriction introduced • Update: This Bill Failed
dogs chained-sometimes called "tethering"-is
cruel because it deprives these highly social
pack animals of proper socialization and often
leaves them unable to reach whatever shelter,
food, and water they've been provided. It isolates
them from any meaningful contact or interaction.