Owners Who Tie Up Dogs Would be Locked Up Under New Law

12/17/2010 05:02 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
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CITY HALL -- Dog owners who tether their pets outside could face time behind bars under new legislation considered by the City Council Friday.

Under the legislation, intended to clamp down on animal abuse, owners would be barred from tying up animals outside for more than three hours in any 12-hour period.

Violators would first receive a written warning, with a second offense punishable by a maximum $250 fine. Subsequent offenses would be punished with fines of up to $500 and/or as much as three months in jail.

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