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New law governs how dogs should be tethered

Published: Monday, July 22, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO (AP) – Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law new rules for tethering a dog outside that he says will ensure dogs are treated humanely.

Dogs bring unconditional love and comfort to their owners’ lives and become “part of our families,” and the new law makes sure “our pets receive the same love and care they give us,” the Democrat said.

Under the new law, the leash used to tether a dog to be at least 10 feet long and not exceed one-eighth of a dog’s body weight. Those who don’t provide sufficient food, water, shelter and veterinary care could be subject to up to 6 months imprisonment.

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