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Quinn signs legislation to ensure responsible treatment of animals

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation that would ensure dogs tethered outdoors are treated humanely.

According to a press release from the governor's office, House Bill 83 adds comprehensive requirements to the Humane Care for Animals Act for lawfully tethering a dog.

An owner must make sure their dog is not tethered in a way that will put it within reach of property of another person, a public walkway or a road.

The animal must also be tethered in a way that will prevent it from becoming entangled with other tethered dogs.

The leash used to tether a dog must be at least 10-feet long and cannot exceed one-eighth of the dog's body weight.

Owners have to make sure dogs do not suffer from a condition that will be worsened by tethering and a dog cannot be tethered with a tow or log chain.

The law also states that a person will be subject to up to six months in prison if sufficient food and water, adequate shelter, veterinary care and humane care and treatment are not provided.

A second violation will lead to up to three years in prison.

"One of the joys and privileges of being a dog owner is the unconditional love and comfort these animals bring to our lives," Gov. Quinn said in a press release. "As any pet owner knows, dogs become part of our families. This new law will crack down on the mistreatment of animals in Illinois and make sure our pets receive the same love and care they give us."

The law will be effective January 1.

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