California state officials are proposing a law that would require dog owners to wear electronic identification tags as a means of tracking their pets.
California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) told The Hill in an interview that the idea is to help deter people from walking their pets in public, a common occurrence in the state.
The law would require dogs owners to provide their name, address and phone number, and require dogs to wear the tags while walking or playing, with a deadline of April 2019.
Dog owners who are caught on the tag could face fines and jail time.
The bill is modeled after a similar bill introduced in Texas earlier this year, which was signed into law by Gov.
Greg Abbott (R).
Gonzalez said that since the bill passed in the Assembly, there have been more than 200 dog-walking incidents in the Golden State, with more than one dog-walker killed in one incident.
The bill has been referred to the state’s Legislative Analyst’s Office, which is currently reviewing the proposal.