New Huntington Town law aims to curb animal abuse

There was nothing illegal about tying up a dog for hours in Huntington before a new law passed Tuesday night. It carries a fine from

The new law carries a fine from $100 for a first offense and goes up to $2,500.

The new law carries a fine from $100 for a first offense and goes up to $2,500. (8/17/16)

HUNTINGTON - A new law in the Town of Huntington is aiming to prevent animal abuse.

There was nothing illegal about tying up a dog for hours in Huntington before a new law passed Tuesday night. It carries a fine from $100 for a first offense up to $2,500 for such an act. It also limits the weight of the chain used to tie up a dog.

The law is being applauded by animal rights activists such as Barbara Buscareno, founder of Long Island Dog Owners Group, who says she felt helpless when she received complaints of dogs being tied up for too long.

Huntington Councilman Mark Cuthbertson says that although the law protects dogs, it is also intended to protect residents.

"Studies show that dogs are 2.8 times more likely to bite if they're tethered for long periods of time," Cuthbertson says.

The law is expected to go into effect in about 30 days. It will only be enforced if someone submits a complaint to the town.

Hempstead passed a similar law in April.

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