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Humane Treatment of Dogs; Tethering. Rules and Regulations

United States Government Publishing Office and United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Federal Register 1997 v. 62 no. 156
We are amending the regulations for the humane treatment of dogs under the Animal Welfare Act by removing the provisions for tethering dogs as a means of primary enclosure. Our experience in enforcing the Animal Welfare Act has led us to conclude that permanently tethering a dog as a means of primary enclosure is not a humane practice that is in the animal's best interests. Temporarily tethering a dog due to health or other reasons would be permitted if the licensee obtains the approval of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. This action will help ensure that dogs in facilities regulated under the Animal Welfare Act will be treated in a manner that is consistent with the animals' best interests.
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