Anti Tethering Law in Orange County NY
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Orange County NY was one of the first counties in the Country to create an Animal Abuse Registry. Brought on by the horrific neglect that Rocky endured, while being tethered outside for two weeks, during one of the coldest Februarys on record. A tethered dog cannot defend himself against any possible predators...
New York State currently has NO tethering laws on file. (Edit: Ulster Co. does have a law).
The only mention of tethering under NYS law currently, requires that the dog be able to reach shade...
"For dogs that are restrained in any manner outdoors, shade by natural or artificial means to protect the dog from direct sunlight at all times when exposure to sunlight is likely to threaten the health of the dog."
A anti tethering law would limit the amount of time a dog could be tied up outdoors, and not allow a dog to be tied up during weather advisories. Unless we all start putting pressure on the local politicians, nothing will change.
Let's continue Orange County's pro animal advocacy stance, and get a tethering law on the books to protect the animals where we live.
Diane Driver Donahue and Erin Talarico
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