SPRINGFIELD -- A suburban Democrat's plan to require Illinoisans to use a rope or chain at least 10 feet long when they tie up their dogs was approved by the state Senate Wednesday.
State Sen. Linda Holmes of Aurora says a dog that's kept tied up in the wrong condition can be more likely to want to bite or chase things.
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"Continued confinement makes dogs extremely frustrated," Holmes said.
Her legislation would make it a misdemeanor for dog owners to break specific tethering rules, including using too short of a leash or allowing the tied-up dog to wander onto adjacent property or get tangled up with other dogs.
Critics barked that the leash-length requirements could be a problem for people with especially small properties.
The plan was approved by a 43-9 vote and now goes to the Illinois House, which has already approved similar rules.