Proposed law would make it illegal to leave dogs chained outside during hot and cold temps

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

CINCINNATI, Ohio – Animal abuse is a growing problem and one city councilman is doing what he can to fight it.

Cincinnati City Councilman Chris Smitherman has proposed legislation making it illegal to keep dogs chained when it’s above 90 degrees outside, or below 20 degrees if they do not have proper shelter.

The proposal also includes not chaining dogs from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. to help cut down on barking.

Dog owners who violate the new law will face a hefty fine.

“We are going to educate people that tethering your dog and keeping their dog out as we go into the winter in a little igloo without a lot of warmth is just not acceptable,” Smitherman told Fox19.

Here in Oklahoma, we have no laws on the books requiring dog owners to unchain or bring their pets inside based on certain temperatures.

The only legislation we have requires owners to provide their dogs water and a waterproof and wind-proof three-sided shelter.

Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Superintendent Jon Gary tells NewsChannel 4, “Being on a chain is a much bigger issue to me. Chaining a dog can lead to all sorts of problems, including behavioral issues.”

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Latest News

More News

National News

More U.S & World

Washington D.C.

More Washington

Your Local Election HQ

More Your Local Election HQ

Daily Oklahoma Coronavirus Data


Contact In Your Corner Team

Latest News

More News

KFOR Digital Originals

More Digital Original

Follow @KFOR on Twitter