- Associated Press - Thursday, April 6, 2017

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Washington state Legislature has passed a bill that sets standards for when and how dogs can be left on a leash.

Senate Bill 5356 passed the House Thursday on a 66-28 vote after passing the Senate unanimously in February. The measure now heads to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature.

Under the measure, if a dog owner or guardian decides to leave their canine for a period of time, they must provide them with proper food, water, and shelter and give him or her enough space to move around without becoming tangled. It also gives animal care and control officers the right to issue a civil infraction or warning for inhumane animal tethering.

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