MEDFORD, Ore. — A new bill could change chain laws in Oregon for pet owners. Right now police want you to keep your dog confined to your property, but a new house bill being discussed in Salem could impact the way you keep your dog from running loose.
House Bill 27-83 is designed to stop dogs from excessive barking when they’re chained up and protect them from getting hurt by harmful collars. Local dog owner Chuck Arguijo said his dog, Indie, is only hooked up for an hour at a time each day, but his previous dog was never on a chain and killed three neighborhood cats. So, he’s afraid to give Indie a chance to run free with the felines.
Indie is itching to get out of that 30-foot chain, but while she may be chained up, she’s not barking or bothering anybody. Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputies say in 2012 they responded to 100 dog problem calls in White City.
They turns those calls over to Animal Control. At this point, that’s all Animal Control officers can do. Officers check for food, water, shelter and space, and suggest alternatives to tethering, like fencing.
For some, fencing isn’t feasible. An Oregon non-profit, called Fencing For Fido, provides free fences for dog owners who currently have animals tethered. The group’s leader says they’re looking for someone from Southern Oregon to step up to start a local chapter.
If the bill passes, pet owners won’t be able to use a tether less than 15 feet, keep a dog on a tether longer than five hours, or wear a collar designed to choke or pinch.