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New York may institute anti-tethering law

It looks as though the Empire State is doing their part to help animals within their borders. According to the New York Daily News, an anti-tethering law may soon be put into action.

The initiative, which was introduced by Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Queens), will prohibit pet owners from keeping their animals tied to a fence outdoors for more than three hours in a 12-hour period. The measure currently has ASPCA backing.

"We are grateful for the Council's consideration of these two very important bills, which will improve the lives of New York City's two- and four-legged residents," said ASPCA President and CEO Ed Sayres.

Tethering canines may be especially common in Manhattan, as there are millions of dogs owners who take their furry friends with them while out and about. However, many stores do not allow animals to step inside their places of business.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, tethering may foster psychological damage in dogs, while gentle pups who have been tethered may eventually exhibit anxious and aggressive behavior.
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