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We are a dedicated, all volunteer group of concerned citizens in Washington state who wish to see legislation passed in our state to limit the 24/7 continual tethering of dogs.
Dogs are, by nature, social beings who thrive on interaction with people and other animals. A dog kept chained in one spot for months or years suffers immense psychological damage. Dogs naturally feel protective of their territory. When confronted with a perceived threat, they respond according to their fight-or-flight instinct. A chained dog, unable to take flight, often feels forced to fight.
This bill will limit the tethering of dogs across our state to no more than 10 hours a day and define the length and weight of the chain and types of collars.
What is tethering?
Tethering is the practice of chaining, tying, fastening, restraining a dog to a ground stake or a stationary object (such as a tree, fence, car or dog house), usually in the pet owner’s yard, as a means of keeping the dog under control. The term does not refer to a dog being walked on a leash.
Dog on a Chain: Interview with Cesar Milan
Cesar Milan, The Dog Whisperer, explains the serious issues around continuously tethered dogs, included are photographs of tethered dogs from Washington state. (The story first appeared in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer on Feb. 25, 2009, photos and production by Karen Ducey / Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
Dog on a Chain: Rocky
Rocky spent 14 years 24/7, chained to a fence outside an Enumclaw home. Thanks to the excellent press coverage in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer he was relinquished by the owner, and he went on to live out the rest of his life in a loving home. (The story first appeared in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer on Feb. 25, 2009, photos and production by Karen Ducey / Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
Legislation for WA State in 2012.
To promote the passage of HB 1755 and Senate Bill 5649 in the 2012 session, we have partnered with sponsors, Representative Roger Goodman and Senator Nick Harper. If passed, legislation will be implemented to end the suffering of continually tethered dogs. It will enable responding animal control and / or police officials the ability to remove these dogs from the end of a tether, preventing tragic deaths, needless human and animal injuries, as current animal cruelty laws do not cover the situation of a continually tethered dog.
For a little history on how SB 5649 went through the 2011 legislative session, visit Seattle Dog Spot. You can also visit the Washington State Legislature web site for more information. Note: the name of the bill is “Concerning the humane treatment of dogs”. To follow it through the Senate visit SB 5649, and for the House visit HB 1755.
Continually tethered dogs leads to aggression.
This video illustrates the psychological and physical stress a dog undergoes when continuously tethered. Alex was obviously not an aggressive dog, but after being continuously chained, his ability to escape danger was taken away, which only left his ability to fight. This is what makes tethered dogs dangerous. The dog himself may not inherently be aggressive, but the circumstance of living their life on a chain leads to aggression. By passing a law that stops continuous tethering of dogs, we can improve the life of hundreds of dogs and increase the safety of those around them. We would like to thank Steve Markwell of Olympic Animal Sanctuary for his work with dangerous dogs in order to give them a better life. Olympic Animal Sanctuary specializes in providing a home for dogs that are unadoptable. These dogs would be facing death if this sanctuary did not exist. At Olympic Animal Sanctuary they have a home where their well-being is paramount.