SALEM Animal advocates are one step closer to making it illegal for dogs to be chained up for long periods of time, sometimes with no food or water.

House Bill 2783, which passed the Oregon Senate Tuesday, would make it illegal to tie a dog or other domestic animal in a fixed place for 10 or more hours within a 24-hour period or leave a dog outside exposed to the elements. Violating the law could carry a fine of up to $1,000.

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Some animal rights groups argue that the best law would be one that prohibits tethering altogether, but understand that would be a tough law to pass.

The bill has had bipartisan support and is heading Governor John Kitzhaber s desk, where he is expected to sign it.

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