The Safe Outdoor Dogs Act, which is a statewide policy governing the restraint of dogs outdoors, went into effect January 18, 2022. It was signed into law on October 25, 2021.
Key Provisions of the Law
Arguably the most significant change wrought by the Safe Outdoor Dogs Act is removing the 24-hour warning period. Officers can now take immediate action for tethered dogs in distress.
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Exceptions to the Safe Outdoor Dogs Act
The Safe Outdoor Dogs Act does not prevent owners from tethering dogs. The law requires that unattended dogs are tethered in a way that keeps them and the people around them safe, and there are several exceptions to the law. The Safe Outdoor Dogs Act does not apply to dogs that are:
Restraining Dogs Without Using Chains
The American Veterinary Medical Association and the Centers for Disease Control agree that chaining dogs is an inappropriate method of restraint. Not only do chains tangle, rust, and break, but they often cause pain and injury.
Cable tie-outs and trolley systems are designed to restrain dogs, so they are lightweight, strong, and flexible. On average, they cost between $15-$30 and are easy to find in stores and online. Always install cable tie-outs and trolley systems according to the manufacturer’s instructions.