Catawba County, North Carolina

June 16, 2014

This ordinance prohibits what it calls improper tethering, by requiring a minimum tether length, a maximum tether weight, elimination of the possibility of entanglement, and that a tether or chain be attached to a collar, rather than directly around an animal’s neck.



Sec. 6-41. – General care; prohibited acts.

(6) Chaining or tethering an animal to a stationary object for a period of time or under conditions that an animal control officer deems harmful or potentially harmful to the animal. Examples of improper chaining or tethering include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Using a length or weight of a chain or other tether that is not appropriate for the size, weight and age of the animal. Note: Under no circumstances should the weight of the tether exceed ten percent of the total body weight of the animal, but the tether must be of sufficient strength to prevent breakage.
  2. Using a chain or tether made of rope, twine, cord or similar material, unless such chain or tether is sold commercially for the purpose of chaining or tethering an animal.
  3. Using a chain or tether that is less than ten feet in length and/or does not have swivels on both ends. All chains or tethers must be attached to the animal by means of a properly fitting harness or collar of not less than one inch in width.
  4. Allowing an animal to be chained or tethered such that the animal is not confined to the owner’s property or the chain or tether can become entangled and prevent the animal from moving about freely, lying down comfortably or having access to adequate food, water and shelter.
  5. Using a chain as a primary collar. All collars used for the purpose of chaining or tethering an animal must be made of nylon or leather.
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