To the Virginia House of Delegates for voting 7-1 against a bill that would have restricted the tethering of dogs.
Dogs are social animals that enjoy being in part of a pack. When isolated outside on a chain for extended periods of time, they suffer from boredom, aggression, and are vulnerable to inclement weather and altercations with roaming animals. According to a recent news article, Delegate John J. Bell (D-Chantilly) introduced HB 1802 that would have prohibited animals from being tethered outside without owner supervision. Unfortunately, HB 1802 was rejected with a 7-1 vote. If the bill had passed, a Virginia resident found in violations of the law would have faced a Class 4 misdemeanor for a 1st offense, which would have required a fine of up to $250. A second offense would have been punishable as a Class 3 misdemeanor, entailing a fine of up to $500.
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Take Action: Virginians, contact your legislators to show your support for a statewide ban on animal tethering. Other residents, support similar legislation in your area.