SENATE HEALTH AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR
SENATE BILL 429
56th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2023
RELATING TO ANIMAL CRUELTY; PROHIBITING DOG TETHERING; PROVIDING PENALTIES FOR DOG TETHERING.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:
SECTION 1. [NEW MATERIAL] PROHIBITION OF DOG TETHERING--EXCEPTIONS--PENALTY.--
A. As used in this section:
(1) "reasonable period" means a period of time not to exceed three hours a day, or a time that is otherwise approved by animal control; and
(2) "tether" means that a person ties a dog with a rope, line or chain to a stationary object.
B. No person shall tether or chain a dog, or cause a dog to be tethered or chained, for longer than three hours within a twenty-four-hour period; provided that this subsection shall not apply to:
(1) accepted veterinary practices;
(2) activities carried out for scientific research governed by standards of accepted educational or medicinal practices;
(3) conduct that is directly related to the business of shepherding or herding cattle or livestock;
(4) conduct that is directly related to the business of cultivating agricultural products, if the tether is reasonably necessary for the safety of the dog;
(5) conduct that is directly related to the activity of legal dog sports; or
(6) legal public events such as picnics, adoption fairs and group training classes.
C. A person who tethers a dog is guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be sentenced pursuant to the provisions of Section 31-19-1 NMSA 1978.
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