SALEM -- A House committee has passed a bill to restrict tethering dogs for excessive periods of time and in manners that could result in injury or death.
By an 8-1 vote, the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on April 4 moved an amended version of House Bill 2783 that was widely supported in testimony.
The bill provides exceptions for hunting dogs and farm and ranch dogs.
"This is an urban problem that we are addressing, not a rural problem," said Rep. Ben Unger, D-Hillsboro, who voted for the bill. "Most of the people in the rural areas use their dogs for work, and they treat them with care."
The bill was developed by a workgroup that included the Humane Society of the U.S., Oregon Animal Control Council, the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association and others.
It declares unlawful tethering a Class B misdemeanor punishable by a maximum fine of $1,000.
HB2783 now goes to the House floor.