Governor Quinn signs bill to ensure responsible treatment of animals

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Our dogs Bear (German Shepard) and Joplin (American Staffordshire Terrier) outside enjoying this weather. And yes Joplin is named after the city of Joplin MO because he was rescued from the tornado debris.

CHICAGO, IL. (KTVI) – Governor Pat Quinn Saturday signed a new law to help ensure all dogs in Illinois are treated humanely when tied up outside a residence. The new law is part of Governor Quinn’s campaign to ensure all pets and animal treated responsibly in the state.

The law mandates that all dogs tied up outside, must tied up in a manner as not be able to get into another yard, sidewalk or road.  They must also not be able to reach other dogs.

Leaches used to tie up dogs must be 10 feet in length and not be tow or log chains.

The new law also specifies that the individuals could be sentenced up to six months in jail, if they fail to provide a dog with food, water, adequate shelter, veterinary care and humane treatment.  A second conviction of the law could have a person facing a 3 year prison term.

The law goes into effect on January 1, 2014.