Chaining dogs is a practice that is considered cruel by many and is not only extremely detrimental to the physical and mental wellbeing of dogs, but also potentially dangerous for humans as chaining can lead to aggression.
Massachusetts lawmakers are considering a bill, HB 2809, that would prevent dog owners from leaving their dogs tied up for more than eight hours at a time and will make it illegal to leave dogs "chained, tethered or confined" outside from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. and is supported by the Animal Rescue League of Boston, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Humane Society.
The bill will also prohibit chaining dogs under 6 months old and put a stop to the use of logging chains, or other materials that are not specifically designed for dogs and require that they weigh no more than one-eighth of the dog's weight. Language to protect dogs from "cruel conditions or inhumane chaining or tethering," which includes leaving dogs in filthy conditions, leaving them exposed to being taunted and harassed, or leaving them at risk of attack by other animals.
Violations would result in a warning or minimum of a $50 fine for a first offense, a fine of up to $100 for a second offense and a fine of up to $300 and impoundment of dogs for a third offense.
Please sign the petition supporting legislation that will help chained dogs in Massachusetts.
As someone who cares about the welfare of animals, I was elated to hear that Massachusetts is considering legislation that would restrict the use of tethers and chains on dogs.
Leaving dogs tied for extended periods is not only cruel and detrimental to their physical and mental wellbeing, but can pose a safety risk for the community as well. Sadly, many chained dogs are left without even the most basic care, including access to food, water and shelter. The bill, HB 2809, would improve animal welfare and help address cases of abuse and neglect, benefitting countless dogs.
I hope you will support this important piece of legislation. Man's best friend deserves better than life on a chain. Thank you for your consideration.