Latest Leash Law Prohibits Tying Up Animals During Extreme Weather

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It is now illegal for pet owners to tie an animal up during a flood or hurricane.

The newest leash law in Louisiana is helping to protect both pets and first responders in the event of an emergency, as hundreds of tied-up animals were pulled from the 2016 floods.

Animal advocates say this is a step in the right direction, but there still needs to be harsher penalties for offenders, as the current fine is only $75. Louisiana's SPCA would like to see the fine increase to at least $300, and eventually enacted year-round.

Advocates plan to tighten the law by pushing for additional changes in the future.

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