Paw Behind Bars logo of the WI Puppy Mill Project
close window

ACTION ALERT: CONTACT YOUR WI STATE LEGISLATORS AND ASK THEM TO SUPPORT LRB 3040/1 - STANDARDS FOR CARE, TETHERING, AND SHELTER OF DOGS

 

 pawprint bullet point   LRB 3040/1 Bill Text   pawprint bullet point   Bill History   pawprint bullet point   LRB 3040/1 Summary   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point  TAKE ACTION    pawprint bullet point   Talking Points   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   What To Expect At A Public Hearing   pawprint bullet point   Find your WI State Representatives   pawprint bullet point


PLEASE NOTE: the time limit on tethering was an unintended omission in the draft that is circulating. When the bill is introduced, Senator Smith has agreed to include: "ADD (Page 4 lines 7 and 8) , not to exceed 10 hours in a 24 hour period."

THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to contact your legislators asking them to co-sponsor LRB 3040/1! As of 11/13/19, co-sponsors include Senators Smith, Carpenter, Hansen, Larson, and Risser, along with Representatives Anderson, Emerson, Myers, Sinicki, Steffen, Subeck, Taylor, Vruwink, and Zamarripa. If you live in the districts represented by any of these Senators and Representatives, PLEASE take a moment to THANK THEM.

A lot of people are asking, "What comes next?" Well, now we wait. It is normal for there to be a pause when the co-sponsorship period closes, and with all of the holidays coming up, there probably won't be any activitiy until after the new year. We have done what we can for now and we wait for the bill’s authors to decide the best direction forward.

Brutus, a "Free To Good Home" dog, ended up tied to a tree.     We've all seen them, dogs emaciated and miserable, tethered outside, in all weather, on short chains attached to trees, ramshackle dog houses, or even cinder blocks. Law enforcement officers get complaints but are often unable to take necessary action because shelter and tethering regulations for dogs are inadequately described under current law.

     Senator Jeff Smith and Representative LaKeshia Myers are currently seeking co-sponsors for their bill to address this problem. LRB-3040/1, "Relating to: standards for care and shelter of animals and providing a penalty," sets tethering, shelter, and transportation standards for dogs.

     Chained or tethered dogs are at a high risk for anti-social and aggressive behavior, entanglement, dehydration, starvation, heatstroke, frostbite, attacks from other animals, trauma, disease and death. Current livestock laws regulate tethering and shelter for farm animals. Even WI commercial breeders who tether dogs outside are held to stringent regulations. It is time we extended these protections to family pets!

     This bill sets tethering and shelter standards for dogs, greatly reducing the likelihood of aggressive behavior and injury or death of the animals. Similarly, the bill sets standards for dogs being transported in the back of pickup trucks, and for dogs left unattended in parked cars. Establishing uniform, reasonable, and humane standards will aid law enforcement in responding decisively and consistently to chronic complaints about these issues while protecting animals from suffering.

     LRB 3040/1strengthens animal protections and increases public safety by:

  • Prohibiting owners from tethering their dogs during extreme weather or under other unsafe conditions.

  • Regulating the use of treadmills and training devices.

  • Requiring shelters to be of proper size and construction while shielding the dogs from adverse weather conditions, providing for access to shade and requiring reasonable cleanliness.

  • Prohibiting owners from leaving dogs unattended in a motor vehicle under life-threatening circumstances.

  • Requiring owners to crate or restrain an animal being transported in the bed of a truck so that the dog cannot fall or jump off or be strangled.

     Though this sounds like a no-brainer to the majority of Wisconsin citizens, we are expecting stiff opposition. LRB-3040/1 MUST have strong BIPARTISAN support, including co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle, to pass! Please phone or email BOTH your WI State Senator and your WI State Representative ASAP and ask them to: Please CO-SPONSOR LRB-3040/1, "Relating to: standards for care and shelter of animals and providing a penalty." Deadline for co-sponsorship is Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 5 PM! Scroll down for the Bill Summary and Talkng Points!

     THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to contact your legislators asking them to co-sponsor LRB 3040/1! As of 11/13/19, co-sponsors include Senators Smith, Carpenter, Hansen, Larson, and Risser, along with Representatives Anderson, Emerson, Myers, Sinicki, Steffen, Subeck, Taylor, Vruwink, and Zamarripa.

 pawprint bullet point   Find your WI State Representatives   pawprint bullet point   LRB 3040/1 Bill Text   pawprint bullet point

 

Top

 

Bill Summary (by the Legislative Reference Bureau):

Tethered dog peering out of inadequate dog shelter.     "This bill creates standards for the shelter, tethering, and transportation of animals. Specifically, with regard to shelter for dogs, the bill provides that dog houses must rest on a flat, solid floor that is at least four inches high, must provide enough room for the dog to stand, sit, turn around, or lie flat, must be windproof, must be shaded from direct sunlight, and must be surrounded by a reasonably dry and clean area. With regard to tethering dogs, the bill provides that dogs may not be tethered outside during extreme weather or in unsafe or unsanitary conditions, for such an unreasonable amount of time that it affects the dog's well-being [note: per Sen. Smith's office, the LRB authors have agreed that when introduced, the bill will also include the provision that outdoor tethering “shall not exceed 10 hours in a 24 hour period”]; a person must be on or near a property where a dog is tethered; a tether may not weigh more than 15 percent of the dog's weight, the tether must be the longer of 12 feet or four times the length of the dog, and the collar used may not be improperly fitted nor a prong, pinch, or choke collar; and a vicious, dangerous, or sick, pregnant, or nursing dog, or a dog that is under the age of five months, may not be tethered. With regard to the transportation of animals, the bill requires a person to crate or restrain an animal being transported in the bed of a truck on public roads or lands in a manner that ensures the animal cannot fall or jump or be strangled.

     "The penalty for violating a standard created in the bill is the same penalty for violating a current law standard of proper shelter for an animal. A person who violates a standard is subject to a forfeiture of up to $500 except that, if a person violates the standard within three years after receiving an abatement order from a humane officer regarding that standard, that person is subject to a forfeiture of up to $10,000 and except that a person who intentionally or negligently violates a standard is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. The penalty for a Class A misdemeanor is a fine of up to $10,000 or imprisonment for up to nine months, or both."

 

Top

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Tethered dog with no visible shelter in a snowstorm.     General guidelines for contacting your representatives: Try to keep your message brief, and be sure to give your name, address, and phone number. Let your representative know that you are a constituent. Please, ALWAYS be polite and respectful. Name-calling, and rude or abusive letters or emails will hurt, rather than help, our cause.

  • THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to contact your legislators asking them to co-sponsor LRB 3040/1! As of 11/13/19, co-sponsors include Senators Smith, Carpenter, Hansen, Larson, and Risser, along with Representatives Anderson, Emerson, Myers, Sinicki, Steffen, Subeck, Taylor, Vruwink, and Zamarripa.

  • If you are in the districts represented by these Senators and Representatives, you might phone or email them THANKING THEM for authoring LRB-3040/1!

  • A lot of people are asking, "What comes next?" Well, now we wait. It is normal for there to be a pause when the co-sponsorship period closes, and with all of the holidays coming up, there probably won't be any activitiy until after the new year. We have done what we can for now and we wait for the bill’s authors to decide the best direction forward.

  • If you want to give reasons for your position, please read the LRB 3040/1 Summary, above, and see our Talking Points below!

  • Also, please post your requests on your Representative's and Senator's Facebook pages!

 pawprint bullet point   Find your WI State Representatives   pawprint bullet point

 

Top

 

Talking Points:

  • A tethered dog at the end of his chain.Chained or tethered dogs are at a high risk for anti-social and aggressive behavior, entanglement, dehydration, starvation, heatstroke, frostbite, attacks from other animals, trauma, disease and death. Current livestock laws regulate tethering and shelter for farm animals. Even Wisconsin commercial breeders ("puppy millers") who tether dogs outside are held to stringent regulations. It is time we extended these protections to family pets.

  • LRB 3040/1 sets tethering and shelter standards for dogs, greatly reducing the likelihood of aggressive behavior and injury or death of the animals. Similarly, the bill sets standards for dogs being transported in the back of pickup trucks, and for dogs left unattended in parked cars. Establishing uniform, reasonable, and humane standards will aid law enforcement in responding decisively and consistently to chronic complaints about these issues while protecting animals from suffering.

  •      LRB 3040/1 strengthens animal protections and increases public safety by:

    • Prohibiting owners from tethering their dogs during extreme weather or under other unsafe conditions.

    • Regulating the use of treadmills and training devices.

    • Requiring shelters to be of proper size and construction while shielding the dogs from adverse weather conditions, providing for access to shade and requiring reasonable cleanliness.

    • Prohibiting owners from leaving dogs unattended in a motor vehicle under life-threatening circumstances.

    • Requiring owners to crate or restrain an animal being transported in the bed of a truck so that the dog cannot fall or jump off or be strangled.

  • Dogs are social animals. Living a life on a chain is a cruel and miserable existence for them. Dogs being transported unsecured in the back of a pickup truck is dangerous to the dog and the travelling public. LRB 3040/1 provides for increased public safety and gives dogs healthier, happier living conditions.

  • Please see: There's No Such Thing As An 'Outdoor Dog', an article in The DODO. It is from 2015, but is as true today as it was when written.

Tethered dog with plastic drum for shelter.


 pawprint bullet point   LRB 3040/1 Bill Text   pawprint bullet point   Bill History   pawprint bullet point   LRB 3040/1 Summary   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point  TAKE ACTION    pawprint bullet point   Talking Points   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   What To Expect At A Public Hearing   pawprint bullet point   Find your WI State Representatives   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   Reporting Animal Cruelty   pawprint bullet point

 

Top

WPMP Home   *   What Is A Puppy Mill?

What Can I Do About It?   *   Laws/Legislation

© Copyright, 2019. The Wisconsin Puppy MIll Project
P.O. Box 926    *    Sheboygan, WI 53082-0926   *   info@NoWisconsinPuppyMills.com

Photos Copyright © Wisconsin Puppy Mill Project, unless otherwise indicated.
"Dog in Snowstorm" photo courtesy of Unchain! Wisconsin

Website design by Hook & Web Designs