Hawaii activists push for new rules on chaining dogs

Updated: Mar. 21, 2017 at 4:48 AM HST
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HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Animal rights activists are calling on Hawaii lawmakers to strengthen the state's dog tethering regulations.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports the activists are supporting legislation that would create an animal cruelty charge for chaining a dog for more than 24 hours on a tie shorter than 10 feet. It would also require chained dogs to have access to water and shade.

The head of a Puna-based animal rescue, Angie Ali, says the newly proposed dog tethering amendments were brought forward by state Rep. Cindy Evans. Ali says she reached out to the lawmaker after previous efforts to address dog tethering laws in the Legislature failed.

The bill has been referred to two House committees.

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