Wash. Senate OKs Measure To Spare Wandering Dogs

OLYMPIA, WA — Senators in Washington state have approved a bill to repeal two laws some say are outdated and just plain cruel.

One of the laws gives dog owners 48 hours to kill their dog if it is found killing another animal. The other law requires sheriffs to kill any dog running at large without a metal dog tag, between the months of August and February.

The lawmaker sponsoring the repeal says when he first heard about the laws, he thought it was a joke. He says “they need to go.”

The laws have been on the books since the early 1900s, when the health and wellness of livestock was of greater concern to state residents.

The measure now moves to the state House for consideration.