Baldwin County, Georgia

April 16, 2019

Dogs may not be tethered to a stationary point or in dangerous weather conditions.

Sec. 14- 50. Chaining and tethering of dogs

(a) It is the responsibility of the owner to have a dog within the property limits of the owner.
The chaining and tethering of dogs to a stationary point is prohibited. When a fence or enclosure is not available, to lawfully tether a dog, the owner must ensure:

1) The tether may not be tied to a stationary point. The animal must be on a trolley system, swivel hook, pulley, or runner system, allowing a larger range of movement.

2) Only one animal may be attached to each system at one time.

3) The tether must be attached to a harness or collar that fits the animal. No choke or pinch collars are permitted.

4) Animals that are tethered must have access to food, water, and shelter at all times meeting the standards in Sec 14-54.

5) Owners are prohibited from tethering an animal in weather conditions that cause immediate imminent threat to the animal’s physical well-being.

6) The tether must be at least 4 times the length of the dog, weighing no more than 25 percent of its body weight.

7) The animal must not be injured or showing any signs of discomfort or it must be temporarily removed from the tether until resolved.

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