SALEM -- The Oregon House has approved a bill that would punish pet owners who tether their dogs, or other animals, for an extended period of time.

Pet owners who chain up their pets for more than 10 hours in a 24-hour period would be guilty of unlawful tethering under House Bill 2783.

It would also apply to animals tied up with leashes that are not a reasonable length, and collars that hurt the animal.

Violators could face fines of up to $1,000. A pet owner could be charged with first-degree animal neglect if tethering results in serious injury or death to the animal. The bill now moves to the Senate.

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