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Huntington changes laws for dealing with pets

Huntington Town Hall is seen in this undated

Huntington Town Hall is seen in this undated photo. Photo Credit: Carl Corry

Town of Huntington officials have updated the section of the town code that deals with animals.

The revisions include setting requirements on the proper disposal of pet waste, limiting the length of time animals may be restrained outdoors, and establishing guidelines to aid in the prevention of animals being abandoned.

For the first time, dog owners will be required to “pooper scoop” after their dogs, placing pet waste in a sealed plastic bag and depositing the bag in a covered garbage receptacle. The revisions also prohibit tethering, leashing, fastening, securing, restraining, chaining or tying a dog to a stationary object outdoors for more than two continuous hours in any 12-hour period.

For animals who are restrained, choke collars are banned. The restraint must be at least 10 feet for a running trolley and 15 feet for a tether to a stationary object, and long enough to give the dog continuous access to food, water and shelter.

“A study by the Centers for Disease Control found that chained and tethered dogs are 2.8 times more likely to bite and the long term effects of tethering can severely damage a dog’s physical and psychological well-being,” said town board member Mark Cuthbertson, sponsor of the legislation. “I’m very happy to have been able to pass a common sense measure that protects the health, welfare and safety of Huntington residents and their animals.”

The measure was approved at the Aug. 16 town board meeting.

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