Animal rights advocates push for stronger tethering law in Suffolk
Animal rights advocates and volunteers are pushing to strengthen the current tethering law in Suffolk County.
The push comes after an incident in Wyandanch last weekend where volunteers say they came across a dog wandering in the street.
After finding the dog's home, volunteers say they found severely emaciated puppies in the backyard, along with a dead dog still chained to a tree. The dog's owner was arrested and is facing charges.
Animal rights advocates say that the county's current law, which prohibits dogs from being tethered for more than two hours in a 12-hour period, isn't tough enough.
"My recommendation is a half-hour. Even if a dog has to go to the bathroom, that's enough time. If an adult is present outside like gardening or something then the dog can be outside for longer. This is to advocate for the dogs who are chained 24/7," says Linda Klampfl, of Almost Home Animal Rescue.
There has been no word yet on whether legislators will seek to amend the current law, which was passed back in 2014.