Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and the Town Board recently approved new legislation to protect animals from abuse and neglect. To prevent the cruel and/or dangerous treatment of dogs and other animals, the law expands upon existing Town Code which protects animals and now prevents long-term tethering while ensuring adequate food and water.
“Studies have shown that dogs left tied up for extended periods of time could become emotionally and physically damaged. It’s almost unfathomable, and now against the law, to keep them tied up and restrained all day. Our pets rely on us to be their voice, especially in terms of their protection and safety, and that’s exactly what we’re doing with this new law in the Town of Oyster Bay,” said Supervisor Saladino.
Specifically, the new law requires that dogs being restrained outdoors be on an adequate leash and under the direct control of its owner; not be left tethered for longer than two hours in any 12 hour period – and any tethered animal be left with adequate food, water and shelter; and not be tethered by a choke or pinch collar. Violators of the new law could face fines up to $250, or even possible jail time.
“Dogs and other animals are among the most vulnerable as they have no voice to protect themselves. We are hopeful this new legislation will help safeguard our furry friends and bring a better awareness of animal safety to the Town of Oyster Bay,” added Councilman Steve Labriola.