STATELINE (WIFR) -- For all the dog owners in the Stateline, there are some changes to how you can tie your pet up outside.
Beginning in 2014, you have to use a tether that's at least ten feet long when tying up your pet. Plus, you can't use chains that are more than a quarter inch wide. A dog that's tied up can't be wearing a pinch or prong collar. These new rules are designed to prevent dogs from choking or getting tangled up and injured
“Dogs enjoy being outside, they enjoying romping around, which is a great thing for dogs for socialization. But when we’re leaving them outside, especially in the heat and cold, the dogs need to be able to get back into their dog houses or into shade when it's hot outside. When they're wrapping themselves around a tree, a lot of dogs can’t figure out who to unwrap themselves from the tree," says Jacqui Mitzelfetl of Boone County Animal Services.
These rule changes go into effect in January 2014. It's already state law that if you have a pet outside, they must have food, water, a dog house and access to veterinary care.
For the full text of the law, click here: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/98/HB/09800HB0083.htm