Animal-rights advocates are calling on the New Brunswick government to ban the practice of keeping dogs tethered all the time.

But the advocates say they don’t want tethering to become an election issue - they want an answer before the campaigning begins.

“There should be regulations for temperature during the winter times for when dogs have to be inside,” says Rita Bahir of People for Stronger Animal Protection. “Get something done before the election. These animal lovers are waiting.”

The Nova Scotia government has drafted regulations that would ban the tethering of dogs for more than 12 hours at a time, but it has yet to become law.

Hilary Howes of the New Brunswick SPCA says it is critical that the law changes before the weather turns cold again.

“If we could have something in place before next winter, that would be great,” says Howes.

Bahir says she was told something would be in place long before the winter.

“They think it might be two or three weeks before it goes to cabinet, so we have to wait,” says Bahir.

Premier David Alward says changes are coming.

“We’ll be moving forward soon with a number of recommendations,” says Alward.

At this time, there is no word on what those recommendations are, or when they will be presented.

With files from CTV Atlantic's Nick Moore