No more dog chaining!

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So much email today! I just got another one, informing me that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed SB 1578, a law limiting the number of hours a dog can be chained.

Granted, contextually this is a small issue, but I still think it’s important.

This law will undoubtedly save many animals’ lives and reduce unnecessary suffering. It will also increase public safety since chained dogs are more likely to be aggressive and bite than dogs who are not chained. SB 1578 is landmark legislation that sets an example for other states to follow.

About the Anti-Chaining Bill:

Senator Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) introduced SB 1578 to reduce the
number of dog bites and dog attacks in California. Research has shown that
chained dogs are 2.8 times more likely to bite than unchained dogs because
they feel the strong need to protect their territory and have no way to flee
from threats.

SB 1578 will also help protect hundreds, if not thousands, of dogs who lead
lives of misery at the end of backyard chains. Under current state law,
animal control officers cannot cite citizens for chaining unless they find
other signs of neglect, such as lack of food and water. Often, by that time,
it is too late to save the dog.

The Anti-Chaining Bill was sponsored by the California Animal Association,
of which United Animal Nations (UAN) is a founding member.

Read the bill text.

7 Replies to “No more dog chaining!”

  1. Now they need to work on a law that you must walk your dog 3 times a day. I’ve been waiting to call the cops on my neighbors who don’t walk their dog enough.

  2. All he did was sign it. I grant, of course, that this is a key part of the legislative process, but don’t give him sole credit for deciding to have a heart on this issue during the election year. Every legislator who voted for the measure, authored or co-authored it, and advocacy group also deserves credit.

    From watching the bill signings this week, one would think Arnold has suddenly switched back to his “wait, am I actually a Democrat?” tack. Don’t be fooled! The only party this guy is in is his own. Don’t trust him or give him more than the scant due credit he has earned from doing what he should have done anyway!

  3. I don’t think is a small issue at all. If a dog is kept chained up all day, odds are that its the tip of the iceberg that further neglect is going on.

    As for Arnie, he’s suddenly become a liberal right before midterm elections. Enjoy it while you can, because the pandering will likely result in a landslide election giving him a second term where he’ll want to appease the Conservative again so he can keep trying for higher offices.

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