Animal Law Search: Tethering, Chaining, and Spay/Neuter Mandates

Welcome to PETA’s searchable database of companion animal ordinances and laws.

Use this handy tool to find local and state ordinances related to these issues:

  • Tethering
  • Chaining
  • Spay/Neuter

Knowing the legal requirements for animal care will empower you to take action for animals. If your area lacks strong animal protection laws, learn how to help get animal-friendly legislation passed.

Tethering and Chaining Ordinances

Leaving a dog tethered or chained outside is never humane. Use the database below to find out whether it’s legal to leave a dog tethered or chained outside in your city, county, or state. Then, learn how you can help a tethered or chained dog in your area.

Spay/Neuter Ordinances

When it comes to sterilization, the only responsible decision is to have animal companions spayed or neutered as soon as possible. If you know of animals in your community who need to be spayed or neutered, having a simple conversation or offering to help their owner may be all that’s needed.

If an animal is in immediate danger, please notify humane and/or law-enforcement authorities. If local authorities are unresponsive, call PETA at 757-622-PETA (757-622-7382) and listen to the prompts. Your intervention can save lives.

Note: This list may not reflect all ordinances. To suggest additions or changes to this database, contact us at [email protected].

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— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind