SMITHTOWN - The Suffolk Legislature has adopted a bill to protect animals from abuse and neglect.
According to the bill, no animal can be left tethered outside for more than two hours in any 12-hour period.
Legislator Lou D'Amaro says the bill restricts pet owners from using an embedded or choke collar that can cut off oxygen supply to the animal.
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The bill also limits the length and weight of an animal's chain.
Violators could face up to a $500 fine.