Tethering animals; outdoor tethering of companion animals, definitions of adequate shelter and space (SB872)

Introduced By

Sen. Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake) with support from co-patron Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Tethering animals; adequate shelter and space. Provides that outdoor tethering of a companion animal shall not meet the requirement that an animal be given adequate shelter, unless the animal is actively engaged in an agricultural or hunting activity, when it is conducted (i) when the temperature is 32 degrees Fahrenheit or lower or 85 degrees Fahrenheit or higher; (ii) during a heat advisory; or (iii) during a severe weather warning. The bill provides that a tether shall meet the requirement that an animal be given adequate space if it is four times the length of the animal or 15 feet in length, whichever is greater, and does not cause injury or pain or weigh more than one-tenth of the animal's body weight. The bill exempts agricultural animals from existing provisions related to tethering. The bill also authorizes any locality to adopt ordinances that parallel and make more stringent the state law regarding the care of companion animals. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/18/2018Presented and ordered printed 18104860D
01/18/2018Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/19/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB872)
02/01/2018Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (9-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2018Committee substitute printed 18106458D-S1
02/01/2018Substitute bill reprinted 18106458D-S1
02/05/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2018Read second time
02/06/2018Reading of substitute waived
02/06/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18106458D-S1
02/06/2018Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB872S1
02/07/2018Read third time and passed Senate (33-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB872S1)
02/14/2018Placed on Calendar
02/14/2018Read first time
02/14/2018Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/16/2018Assigned ACNR sub: Subcommittee #1
02/19/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 3-N)
02/26/2018Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2019
03/06/2018Left in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB646.