New Brunswick is the first Canadian province to ban 24-hour dog tethering. The ban is aiming to curb people neglecting their dogs.
The way the ban is written, it prohibits the tethering of dogs between the hours of 11 o’clock at night and 6 o’clock in the morning. You can leave them tethered during this time if they have a proper dog house though. Guidelines have been provided as to what constitutes a proper dog house.
You are however allowed to tether your dog for 24 hours if there is proper shelter provided. The ban takes effect on Dec 1st and has been the aim of many groups for several years now.
When someone is found to be breaking this ban, the first step is education. The inspector will attempt to educate the dog owner on the dangers of this behavior and consequences. Failing this a compliance order will be issued. Should this prove ineffective, a $140 will be issued and up to $640 if the case ends up in court.
Of all the provinces in Canada, New Brunswick has the strictest laws regarding animals. For example: a license is required to sell a pet; the few number of puppy mills in New Brunswick compared to other provinces is credited to this.
More rules are also being brought in regarding dogs being left in cars, not cleaning pens and neglecting to exercise your dog.
It’s been a long time coming, it’s good someone took a stand against these issues.
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