Regulations regarding dog & cat freedom
From ANIMAL PEOPLE, October 2003:
Persuaded by testimony from Peaceable Kingdom founder Liz
Jones, plus about 20 other neuter/return practitioners, the
Pennsylvania Game Commission on October 8, 2003 voted unanimously to
drop a proposal to amend a regulation forbidding the “release of
house cats” so as to prohibit the release of any dogs or cats,
including ferals, “into the wild.” The amendment was pushed by the
American Bird Conservancy.
Palm Beach County, Florida, on August 19 adopted a bylaw to
prohibit tethering dogs outside from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., effective on
September 1 and subject to review in early 2004 by the county animal
control advisory board–which reportedly plans to recommend a total
ban on tethering.
Wichita, Kansas, in early September became at least the
28th U.S. municipality to restrict dog tethering, adopting a bylaw
that limits tethering to no more than one hour at a time.
New York Governor George Pataki in August vetoed a bill
backed by the Fund for Animals and the Humane Society of the U.S.
that would have prohibited hunting mammals within enclosures of any
size, strengthening an existing law that prohibits hunting mammals
who are enclosed within less than 10 acres. On September 24,
however, Pataki signed a bill to require that dogs kept outdoors
must have clean surroundings and freedom of normal movement, with
access to a waterproof roof, shade, and insulation from extreme
heat or cold.