By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007 at 7:49 am in Animal Laws.
Hard to believe I’m writing this on January 3, in the year known as 2007. It doesn’t seem like a new year.
I wonder what happens to the old years? Do they go some place to die, like the elephant’s graveyard?
Speaking of the new year, here are a couple of new animal laws that may help make 2007 kind of an interesting year:
** SB 1806: You can’t leave animals unattended in a motor vehicle "under conditions that endanger the health or well-being of an animal due to heat, cold, lack of adequate ventilation, or lack of food or water, or other circumstances that could reasonably be expected to cause suffering, disability, or death to the animal."
First time violators face fines of $100 unless the animal suffers serious injury. If the animal suffers serious injury, owners or guardians can be fined up to $500 and imprisoned for up to 6 months. With a second and subsequent violation, owners or guardians will face fines up to $500 and imprisonment for up to 6 months.
This law will help save animal lives by allowing animal control officers to immediately break into cars and rescue animals in trouble, without having to call the police and wait for precious minutes for someone else to come and do the deed.
** SB 1578: With few exceptions, "No person shall tether, fasten, chain, tie, or restrain a dog, or cause a dog to be tethered, fastened, chained, tied, or restrained, to a dog house, tree, fence, or any other stationary object" for longer than three hours in a 24-hour period.
Punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Hopefully this will help stop poor dogs from being chained in a yard, sometimes for days at a time.
I’ve already received one e-mail from a dog owner on SB 1806, complaining about not being able to leave the dog in the car while the owner is working. "I have precious little time with my beloved doggie and am most annoyed that the state is trying to take away even more of my quality time."
Ah, yes, I predict 2007 will be an interesting year.