The Tethering of Animals bill, SB92, sponsored by Sen. Gene Davis, D-Salt Lake City, is simply feel-good, do-nothing legislation pushed by radical animal rights organizations.
The bill puts penalties on owners who tie up dogs for long periods. It would be illegal for dogs to be tethered for more than 10 hours in any 24-hour period.
Additionally, the bill adds vague and misleading language susceptible to misinterpretation by law enforcement and judges. Tethering is unacceptable, but Utah's Criminal Code already covers poor and abusive treatment of animals, making this bill a waste of time.