Kern County, California


This ordinance prohibits the fixed-point tethering of dogs for longer than 12 consecutive hours in a 24-hour period. Tethers must be at least 15 feet long, weigh no more than one-eighth of the dog’s weight, have swivels on both ends, and attach to a properly-fitting collar or harness.

7.08.115 Restraint.

(a) A dog or puppy shall not be restrained by a fixed point chain or tether for more than twelve (12) consecutive hours in a twenty-four (24) hour period. This chain shall be at least fifteen (15) feet long.

(b) A dog or puppy may be exclusively restrained by a chain or tether provided that it is at least fifteen (15) feet in length and attached to a pulley or trolley mounted on a cable which is also at least fifteen (15) feet in length and mounted no more than seven (7) feet above ground level.

(c) Any tethering system employed shall not allow the dog or puppy to leave the owner’s property.

(d) No chain or tether shall weigh more than one-eighth (1/8) of the dog or puppy’s weight.

(e) Any chain or tether shall be at least fifteen (15) feet in length and have swivels on both ends.

(f) Any chain or tether shall be attached to a properly fitting collar (no choke chain collars) or harness worn by the animal. (Ord. G-6942 § 5 (part), 2002)

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