Tethering is prohibited unless the responsible party is outside with the dog and certain other conditions are met. §§ 18-4. – The owner must exercise care and control; standards of care; Prohibition of tying [.] (e) Unlawful restraint of dogs and cats. No person may tie, tie, chain, tie or retain a dog or cat, or cause a dog or cat to be tied up, tie, chain, tie or tie to a niche, tree, fence or any other fixed object. (f) Notwithstanding clause (e) above, a person may, (1) A dog or cat may be restrained if it is in the sight of the owner and the owner is outside with the animal tied. (2) Tie, tie, chain, tie or otherwise restrain a dog or cat in accordance with the requirements of a camping or recreational area. (g) In all cases where tethering is permitted, the following conditions must be met: (1) The dog or cat shall be tied to the leash by means of a collar or buckle harness. A dog or cat should not be tied with thrush, forceps, tooth or ill-fitting collar; (2) The rope has the following characteristics: it is at least ten (10) feet long; it ends at both ends with a pivot; it weighs not more than 10 % of the weight of the attached animal and is free from entanglements; 3. The dog or cat must be tied in such a way as to avoid injury, strangulation or entanglement. (4) If there are several dogs or cats, each dog or cat shall be tied separately. The tether of each dog or cat shall comply with the requirements of this Code; (5) The dog or cat is not outdoors during any period of extreme weather, including, but not limited to, extreme heat (above 85 degrees Fahrenheit) or cold temperatures (below 45 degrees Fahrenheit), thunderstorms, thunderstorms, tornado clocks or warnings, tropical storms, or hurricane clocks or warnings; (6) The dog or cat has access to water, adequate protection and dry soil; (7) The dog or cat is at least six months old. Puppies or kittens should not be tied; (8) the dog or cat is neither sick nor injured; and (9) No rope shall be within six (6) feet of the fence or property line. If connected to a pulley, the racing line must be at least fifteen (15) feet long and less than seven (7) feet above the ground.
If there are several dogs or cats, they must be tied separately, without common racing lines or close enough to each other so that they can get tangled. No animal may be tied up to gain access to public property, including easements and rights of way, or property belonging to any other private person or entity. (h) penalties for violations of this Section. The penalties for violation of this section are as follows: $100 quote for the first violation; Estimate of $200 for the second offence; and $300 for the third offence. These fines apply to violations committed within five (5) years. Appeals against summonses must be filed in accordance with articles 2-396 et seq. of this Code. 1. The dog is visible at all times by the person in charge and the person in charge is outside with the dog; 2. The rope is attached to the dog with a buckled collar or nylon or leather body harness at least one (1) inch wide. 3. The rope has the following characteristics: a.
it must be at least five (5) times the length of the dog`s body, measured from the tip of the nose to the base of the tail; and b. it ends at both ends in a swivel joint; and c. it weighs not more than one-eighth (1/8) of the dog`s weight; and d. it is free of entanglements. 4. The dog is tied up to avoid injury, strangulation or entanglement. 5. The dog is not outdoors in extreme weather conditions, including but not limited to extreme heat or near-freezing temperatures, thunderstorms, tornadoes, tropical storms or hurricanes. 6. The dog has access to water, shelter and dry soil. 7. The dog is at least six (6) months old.
8. The dog is neither sick nor injured. 9. Pulleys, racing lines or cart systems shall be at least fifteen (15) feet long and less than seven (7) feet above the ground. 10. If there are several dogs, each dog is tied separately. It is common for permanently tethered dogs to experience physical discomfort because they are constantly tethered. Their necks can become rough and painful, and their collars can develop painfully in their skin.
They are susceptible to insect bites and parasites and are at high risk of being caught, strangled and harassed or attacked by other dogs or humans. From 1 January 2020, dogs cannot be tethered for more than 12 consecutive hours. From 1 January 2021, dogs can no longer be tethered unattended. Tethered dogs can also suffer from irregular feeding, spilled water bowls, inadequate veterinary care, and extreme temperatures. During snowstorms, these dogs often do not have access to shelter. During periods of extreme heat, they may not receive adequate water or be protected from the sun. Owners who chain their dogs are less likely to clean the captive area, forcing dogs to eat and sleep in an area contaminated with urine and feces. Because their often neurotic behavior makes it difficult to approach them, chained dogs rarely receive even minimal affection. Tethered dogs can become “part of the landscape” and be easily ignored by their owners. (d) No person shall attach an animal to a fixed or inanimate object in order to enclose or tie it up, unless that person is with the animal and the animal is visible to that person at all times.
Choke or conical collars should not be used on an animal when it is tied. As used in this chapter, rope means restraining an animal by attaching it to an object or structure, including, but not limited to, a house, tree, fence, pole, garage or shed, by any means, including, but not limited to, chain, rope, string, a leash or a racing line. The attachment does not include the use of a leash or leash to walk an animal. Notwithstanding the foregoing, an animal may be restrained while actively participating in or participating in an organized exhibition, field trial, agility event, herd competition, or similar exhibition or event of limited duration that involves judging or judging animals.