A bill to ban tethering dogs for more than 10 hours a day was promptly euthanized Monday after a legislative panel declined on a party-line vote to advance it to the Senate floor.
Sponsored by Sen. Gene Davis, D-Salt Lake City, SB92 would have made excessive tethering a misdemeanor punishable by a $250 fine. It also imposed requirements on the size, weight and length of the chains used to tether pets.
"I don't have a lot of patience with this bill," Sen. Allen Christensen, R-North Ogden, told Davis in a hearing before the Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee. "The animal-rights movement is one of the biggest scams this county has ever seen. Tethering is often necessary."