Mississippi enacted a new law protecting dogs and cats in 2011. This law states that it's illegal to "confine in a cruel manner" any dog or cat, but does not explicitly prohibit chaining or tethering. Specifically, we seek to outlaw chaining/tethering for more than a few hours per day. This petition is started for the sake of dogs that spend 24 hours per day, 365 days a year outside on a chain-- despite the fact that this is cruel, local law enforcement often does not want do anything about it under the existing law.
Please only sign this petition if you live in Mississippi. It would be beneficial if you have your real name and address on file with Change.org so that we can produce valid signatures. When this petition reaches its goal, I will submit a letter on our behalf to all 122 members of the Mississippi House of Representatives, all 52 state senators, the governor, and lieutenant governor. This letter will be more detailed and outline a specific legislation proposal as well as provide reasoning for the proposal and examples of similar laws in other locales. To see a copy of this letter that will be sent once the petition's goal is reached, visit the link below. You can leave any comments you have regarding the letter on the letter itself. Thanks!
If you're in a hurry, here's the excerpt from the Google doc of the amendment we're proposing:
We propose that the “Mississippi Dog and Cat Pet Protection Law of 2011” be amended to include the following provision:
the restriction of tethering/chaining a dog (or cat) to no longer than 4 hours per 24-hour period. In this circumstance, the chain must be at least 10 feet long or 5x the length of the dog from the end of the snout to the base of the tail, whichever is greater. Further, the owner must be present on the premises, and the animal must have adequate access to food, water, and a safe environment, free from obstacles or collars which may cause choking or tangling. The animal may not be left outside during extreme weather events, including but not limited to: extreme heat, extreme cold, thunderstorms, hail storms, snow fall, or flooding. Any permanent outside enclosure must provide sufficient area for exercise and play, at least 150 square feet of space for dogs over the age of six months.