Wednesday, July 31, 2013

How to tether your dog outside, according to the State of Illinois.

I recently wrote a three-part blog about criminal and civil liability under the Illinois Humane Care for Animals Act. I wanted to give you a quick update because the Act has been amended, effective January 1, 2014. After the first of the year, it will now be a Class B misdemeanor to violate the provisions concerning tethering your dog outside. Here is the amended section:
(b) To lawfully tether a dog outdoors, an owner must ensure
that the dog:
        (1) does not suffer from a condition that is known, by
    that person, to be exacerbated by tethering;
        (2) is tethered in a manner that will prevent it from
    becoming entangled with other tethered dogs;
        (3) is not tethered with a lead that (i) exceeds
    one-eighth of the dog's body weight or (ii) is a tow chain
    or a log chain;
        (4) is tethered with a lead that measures, when rounded
    to the nearest whole foot, at least 10 feet in length;
        (5) is tethered with a properly fitting harness or
    collar other than the lead or a pinch, prong, or choke-type
    collar; and
        (6) is not tethered in a manner that will allow it to
    reach within the property of another person, a public
    walkway, or a road.
(c) Subsection (b) of this Section shall not be construed
to prohibit:
        (1) a person from walking a dog with a hand-held leash;
        (2) conduct that is directly related to the cultivating
    of agricultural products, including shepherding or herding
    cattle or livestock, if the restraint is reasonably
    necessary for the safety of the dog;
        (3) the tethering of a dog while at an organized and
    lawful animal function, such as hunting, obedience
    training, performance and conformance events, or law
    enforcement training, or while in the pursuit of working or
    competing in those endeavors; or
        (4) a dog restrained in compliance with the
    requirements of a camping or recreational area as defined
    by a federal, State, or local authority or jurisdiction.

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