Many people use specific collars to control or keep hold of their dog. Some pet owners use leashes while training their puppy, but soon they may have to turn to a different option. Rockford city leaders are considering regulating these leash options.

Pet owners may want to take note of a new possible regulation on dog leashes in Rockford. There's talk amongst alderman about establishing a fine if you are caught using an inappropriate leash on your dog(s). According to WREX, city officials have begun having conversations about banning the use of choke collars on dogs, including the all-in-one choker leashes.

A new debate is taking place among Rockford Alderman about what type of leash dog owners can use. The regulations, if passed would instill some type of punishment for tethering your dog with a choke collar.

Rockford wouldn't be the first to institute a long like this, it's already a thing in 20 states. Animal activists are said to have played a role in similar statutes, according to US News.

Animal advocates urged lawmakers to also ensure owners cannot use choke, pinch, halter or prong-type collars when tying up their animal.

States with dog tethering laws include:

California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia.

Rockford city leaders will continue dog tethering talks in a few weeks.

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