Earlier this session, bills were introduced in both the Maryland House and Senate that would have prevented owners from tethering dogs outside for an hour when the temperature was below a certain temperature, regardless of breed or whether any precautions or shelter were provided.
The AKC strongly believes that no dog should ever be kept in a situation that endangers its health, well-being, or safety; however, this bill could have impacted field trials, dog sledding, dog events, and training where dogs are humanely and safely tethered in cold temperatures. For this reason, AKC recommended the bills be amended to clarify that dogs should never be left outdoors in conditions where their health and safety are in immediate danger.
AKC parent clubs, local clubs, and dog owners who participate in field trials and dog training contacted the House and Senate committees to educate the legislators about humane dog events, training, and search and rescue activities, and how these bills could negatively impact these activities and the dogs that participate in them. Thanks to their positive communications, both the House and Senate committees gave the bills an “unfavorable report”, meaning they will not likely advance this year.
AKC thanks all those in Maryland who took the time to contact the committees on these bills!
AKC thanks all those in Maryland who took the time to contact the committees! Thanks to their positive communications, both the House and Senate committees gave an “unfavorable report” meaning they will not likely advance this year.