March 7, 2006
Dogs may not be restrained on a fixed-point tether for more than one hour in a 24-hour period. Certain requirements must also be met while the animal is tethered.
“Confinement” shall mean:
a. All animals, except puppies and dogs: confinement shall mean on the premises of the owner, or if off the premises of the owner, under restraint by means of a lead, leash, harness, appropriate animal carrier or other reasonable method and under the control of a responsible person.
b. Puppies and dogs: confinement shall mean on the premises of the owner and confined in a secure enclosure or accompanied by the owner on the owner’s property and under his direct control. If off the premises of the owner, the animal must be restrained by a lead or leash and under the control of a responsible person, or accompanied by a responsible person into an approved off-leash area and in conformance with all regulations and/or requirements imposed as a condition of utilizing such “off-leash” area.
1. It is prohibited to exclusively restrain a dog or puppy by a fixed-point chain or tether. A fixed-point restraint may be used temporarily, but not to exceed one (1) hour in a twenty-four (24) hour period.
2. A dog may be exclusively restrained by a chain or tether provided that it is at least ten (10) feet in length and attached to a pulley or trolley mounted on a cable which is also at least ten (10) feet in length and mounted no more than seven (7) feet above ground level.
3. Any tethering system employed shall not allow the dog or puppy to leave the owner’s property.
4. No chain or tether shall weigh more than 1/8 of the dog or puppy’s body weight.
5. Any chain or tether shall be at least ten (10) feet in length and have swivels on both ends.
6. Any chain or tether must be attached to a properly fitting collar or harness worn by the animal.