Buffalo Passes Dog-Tethering Law

Yay, Buffalo, NY! The city passed a law today protecting dogs from extreme cold and heat (which if you know anything about Buffalo, means more about the former and less about the latter).

 

According to wibv.com, the Buffalo Common Council passed the new law that creates a $250 fine for those who leave their dogs tethered outside for more than 60 minutes when the temperature rises above 90 or drops below 32 degrees. Three violations could equal a $1,000 fine and jail time.

 

 

“We take into account, obviously, if it has a dog house that’s proper outside, then there’s no time limit,” Erie County SPCA president Gary Willoughby told the news outlet. “So it may be perfectly appropriate for a husky or a St. Bernard to be outside in a well insulated dog house all year round.”

 

Fortunately, these types of protections are slowly making their way around the country. Albuquerque, New Mexico, recently passed a law requiring owners to provide insulated houses for pets.

 

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Maureen Dempsey

Maureen Dempsey is a freelance writer living in New York with an ancient, 14-year-old chihuahua and a feisty, young dachshund.