It seems to me that this is a “feel good” law that is virtually unenforceable and could have the opposite effect of what it is meant to do.
I’ve never understood why anyone would get a dog and relegate it to the lonely outside instead of enjoying its company. But that isn’t the point.
First, it is a misdemeanor, meaning that a police or animal control officer has to witness the act of having a dog tied up for three hours. Since they don’t have time to drive around looking in back yards and peering over fences looking for tethered dogs, only complaints by a neighbor with a stopwatch would bring the law into play in the first place. Then the already overburdened officers would have to witness that the three hour time limit had been violated.
Second, there are already laws that state that a tethered dog has to have water, shade and protection. This new law is not going to turn bad owners into people who will train and socialize their dogs.
Third, I’ve seen no real evidence that tying up a dog makes it more vicious than raising it in a fenced yard, kennel, dog run or the home. It is the dog’s training, and to a lesser degree its heredity, that determines this.
Fourth, and most tragically, many owners will probably turn their dogs loose or turn them over to the already overcrowded animal shelters where hundreds more untrained and unsocialzed dogs with no chance of survival will have to be destroyed.
But then that is exactly what some animal activists want.