Since so many posts seem to involve whether a certain 'act' is legal or not, I decided to ask the subject question and generate friendly conversation about leaving ones dog unattended.
In addition, it is unsafe to leave your dog unattended in this manner:
1)Many dogs are stolen. The thieves often do horrible things to the stolen dogs, such as using small dogs for 'bait' in order to teach other dogs to fight.
2) Your dog may get frighten and bite someone that tries to pet them. Regardless of whether it is the person's 'fault' or not, your dog may now be at risk for being deemed dangerous and killed.
3) Your dog could get loose, run off, get lost or hit by a car.
4) There are people that will do cruel things to dogs that are unattended. Really cruel.
So folks, don't leave your dogs unattended. It is illegal, and more importantly, it is not safe for your furry family member.