Beaufort, South Carolina


Dogs may not be tethered for longer than 24 continuous hours. Dogs under 6 months of age may not be tethered for any length of time unless supervised.

Sec. 6-4010. – Animal cruelty.

(e) Unlawful tethering. No person owning or keeping a dog shall chain or tether a dog to a stationary object including, but not limited to, a structure, dog house, pole, stake, or tree for longer than twenty-four (24) consecutive hours. A tethering device employed shall not allow the dog to leave the owner’s, guardian’s or keeper’s property. The tether shall be designed for dogs and devices not designed for tethering dogs shall not be used. No chain or tether shall weigh more than one-eighth (⅛) of the dog’s body weight. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit a person from walking a dog on a hand-held leash. No dog under the age of six (6) months shall be tethered outside for any length of time, unless under direct supervision of an adult over the age of eighteen (18) years old.

(1) A person owning or keeping a dog may confine such dog outside, subject to the restrictions in this section, through the use of any of the following methods:

a. Inside a pen or secure enclosure; or

b. A fully fenced, electronically fenced or otherwise securely enclosed yard, wherein a dog has the ability to run but is unable to leave the enclosed yard; or

c. The length of the tether from the cable run to the dog’s collar or harness shall allow continuous access to clean water and appropriate shelter.

(2) Exceptions to the above restrictions on outdoor confinement shall be made for dogs actively engaged in conduct directly related to the business of shepherding or herding cattle or other livestock or engaged in conduct that is directly related to the business of cultivating agricultural products, if the restraint is reasonably necessary for the for the safety of the dog.

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