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  • NJ A2426
  • Regulates tethering and confinement of, and proper shelter for, dogs.
Introduced
(2/4/2016)
In Committee
(2/4/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill establishes specific requirements for tethering (section 2 of the bill) or confining a dog (section 5 of the bill), prohibits tethering of a dog under certain circumstances, an, and requires the owner or other person with custody or control over the dog to provide the dog with proper shelter and continuous access to it when the dog is left outdoors for more than 30 minutes under adverse weather conditions. The standards and requirements for proper shelter are enumerated in section 6 of the bill. The bill defines adverse weather conditions as: 1) when the outdoor ambient temperature is 32 degrees Fahrenheit or below, or there are other outdoor environmental conditions, including, but not limited to, wind, rain, snow, ice, sleet, hail, or cold, that a person should reasonably know would pose an adverse risk to the health or safety of a dog, based on the dog's size, age, physical condition, or thickness of the dog's hair or fur; or 2) when the outdoor ambient temperature is 90 degrees Fahrenheit or above, or a dog is exposed to direct sunlight, hot pavement, or heat, that a person should reasonably know would pose an adverse risk to the health or safety of a dog, based on the dog's size, age, physical condition, or thickness of the dog's hair or fur. In addition to the specific tethering requirements, the bill also specifically prohibits: 1) whether indoors or outdoors, the dog being tethered with a halter or harness that fits on the dog's head or body, or with a tether or collar to which a weight is attached; 2) outdoors between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.; or 3) under adverse weather conditions for more than 30 minutes without continuous access to proper shelter. The bill also specifies its prohibitions do not apply if the owner of the dog or the person with custody or control of a dog is outdoors on the property where the dog is located. The bill establishes procedures for issuing summonses and seizing dogs that are not properly tethered or provided for during adverse weather conditions. The bill establishes, in addition to penalties that may apply pursuant to the State criminal statutes, the following penalties, at the discretion of the court: 1) for a first offense, a fine of $100, or imprisonment for not more than 30 days, or both; 2) for a second offense, a fine of $200, or imprisonment for not more than 30 days, or both; and 3) for a third or subsequent offense, a fine of not less than $250 nor more than $500, imprisonment for not more than three months, or both, and the person would also be guilty of a disorderly persons offense. Finally, the bill establishes a civil penalty for improperly tethering a dog or failing to provide proper shelter for a dog as a civil offense under the State animal cruelty statutes. The violator would be liable for a fine of not less than $250 nor more than $500.
Agriculture and Natural Resources, Combined with another Bill
Combined with A3152/3154 (ACS)  (on 6/6/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
6/6/2016 A Combined with A3152/3154 (ACS)
6/6/2016 Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Hearing (14:00 6/6/2016 Committee Room 15, 4th Floor)
2/4/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/6/2016 Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee: Reported with Substitution 4 0 1