Last month, Councilman Peter Vallone introduced a bill that would bar pet owners from tethering their animals outside for longer than three hours in a continuous 12-hour period. Today, New York City Council passed the "tethering bill" 47-1, which will now prohibit a pet from being tethered for more than three hours, as well as prohibit the use of a tether that is too heavy, choke or pinch collars, or one that would become entangled. Owners face $250 fine for first violations, and $500 fine or three months in jail for repeat offenses.

"This chain is now embedded into this dog's skin," Council Speaker Christine Quinn said. Vallone added that he expected the law will be "complaint driven." We know one person who will be very happy at the fortunate turn of events for bitches across the city.