Tennessee Bill Would Prohibit Inhumane Tethering of Dogs

Tennessee House Bill 2034 would create the misdemeanor offense of unlawful restraint of a dog. The bill would prohibit owners from leaving dogs tethered while unattended without access to adequate shelter and potable water. The bill also specifies requirements for the lawful use of tethers on dogs. If enacted, the bill would become effective July 1, 2022.