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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Miami-Dade county passes anti-tethering law

Miami-Dade County, in Florida, has passed a law that now makes it a crime for owners to leave their pets chained when they are not present.  The law, which is an amendment to Chapter V of the Miami-Dade County Code, will go into effect in April.

Pet owners will be warned for the first violation.  For the second violation, the owners will face civil penalties of $100 for cruelty and $500 for additional offenses.


  1. This is very, very good news. How can it spread to Broward? I am sick of seeing dogs suffering and no matter how much I call for help, nothing is done!

  2. Hello Anon,

    If I were you, I would contact the local Dogs Deserve Better Reps in your area. They are either involved in legislation or they know someone who is. We really need to change the laws so ACOs have no choice but to help those dogs. Here are the reps for Florida:

    Alachua, Florida (Greater Gainesville)
    Sharon Nataline 386.454.3063

    Deltona, Florida

    Saint Augustine, Florida
    Michelle Riddle 904.891.7961

    Sanibel, Florida
    Belen Brisco 239.247.2080

    Tampa, Florida
    Susie Steiner 813-505-7572


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