North Hempstead Town proposes new rules for dogs tethered outdoors

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The Town of North Hempstead is proposing a new set of regulations for people leaving pets tethered alone outdoors.

The new rules require that tethered dogs have access to food and water, are not tied up with a choke collar and aren't left out in the elements for too long. Violators could face a fine or possible jail time.

The Nassau County SPCA says the rules could save lives, especially in the intense heat or bitter cold.

Gary Rogers, of the Nassau SPCA, says he would like to see a uniform law countywide. He says Suffolk has a similar tether law, along with the Town of Hempstead and Freeport village.

North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth tells News 12 in a statement: "We believe that these new amendments and regulations will provide a safer, more humane environment for any dogs that are kept outdoors by their owners."

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