Dog-tethering measure passes IL Senate

May 15, 2013

The Illinois Senate has approved limits on how dogs can be tethered.  The animals would have to be kept on a rope or light chain that's at least 10 feet long. The sponsor of the legislation, Senator Linda Holmes, a Democrat from Aurora, says it's meant to promote the humane treatment of animals.

 "This is basically for the welfare of keeping the animal healthy. And it also has a psychological benefit: animals don't do well that are kept tethered on short leashes. They become aggressive."

 Holmes acknowledges people with smaller lots might have a hard time using such a long tether.But she suggests they can always put their dogs on a leash and go for a walk.