Proposal: ban long outdoor tethering of dogs

December 18, 2010 6:15:18 PM PST
It could become illegal in New York City for dogs to be tethered outside for more than three hours in a 12-hour period.

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. proposed a new anti-tethering measure that would make it a violation punishable by fines. He said animals are "harmed mentally and physically" by being restrained for excessive periods of time.

A separate City Council proposal would raise license fees for dogs that haven't been neutered from $11.50 to $34. A new $25.50 surcharge would benefit the City Animal Population Control Fund.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals rallied at City Hall Friday in support of both proposals.

ASPCA President Ed Sayres said the proposals will "improve the lives of New York City's two- and four-legged residents."