The bill will prohibit keeping a dog on a chain, rope, cable or any device attached to a fixed object for longer than ten hours within a twenty-four hour period. It will also prohibit tethering a dog in any manner that would cause the dog injury and any tether that fails to provide the dog with adequate space for reasonable exercise and normal movement. Exemptions include the training, grooming or instruction of dogs on a farm, lawful hunting, fishing or trapping of wildlife and the lawful use of electronic locating or training collars.
Dogs are social animals. When left alone for long periods of time, they can become lonely, bored, anxious and develop aggressive behavior. The necks of chained dogs often become raw and sore. Chained dogs also make easy targets for wild animals, other dogs and biting insects.
SB 92 will come before the Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Standing Committee Monday at 4 p.m. If it passes, it will be heard on the Senate floor.
Citizens may contact the following members of the committee via email and share their thoughts on the bill:
The complete bill can be found here.
Submitted by: The Humane Society of Utah