SB 5356 will address the tethering of dogs, by focusing on their quality of life and providing animal control officers with more effective enforcement options. We’d appreciate you reaching out ASAP to state you want the bill to get a hearing.
The bill has been assigned to the Senate Law and Justice Committee, but time is running out for the bill to get a hearing. Please reach out to the committee chair, Senator Mike Padden at firstname.lastname@example.org and respectfully request he schedule a hearing before the cut-off date of February 17th.
Once the bill gets a hearing date, you are welcome to testify, which can be done remotely, or submit testimony to the whole committee. It’s important for legislators to hear from their constituents, and for committees to hear from agencies that deal with the aftermath of the damage that tethering causes to a dog’s health and behavior.
The Federation worked with Washington Animal Control Association (WACA), the ASPCA, HSUS, and several agencies that do animal control (Whatcom Humane Society and Seattle Animal Shelter) to craft the bill language. We hope you will be supportive of the bill and this request.
Thank you in advance for your time and assistance.