Tethering/Chaining

Collier County, Florida

September 2008

This ordinance prohibits the chaining of a dog with the exception of instances in which the dog is temporarily tethered under the supervision of the responsible party.

Sec. 14-34. – Inhumane treatment of animals.

(b) Any enclosure used as a primary means of confinement for a dog must meet the definition of proper enclosure as stated in Section 14-35 of this Article. It shall be unlawful for a responsible party to tether a dog while outdoors, except when all of the following conditions are met. This section shall not apply to the transportation of dogs:

  1. The dog is in visual range of the responsible party, and the responsible party is located outside with the dog.
  2. The tether is connected to the dog by a buckle-type collar or a body harness made of nylon or leather, not less than one inch in width.
  3. The tether has the following properties: It is at least five times the length of the dog’s body, as measured from the tip of the nose to the base of the tail; it terminates at both ends with a swivel; it does not weigh more than ⅛ of the dog’s weight; and it is free of tangles.
  4. The dog is tethered in such a manner as to prevent injury, strangulation, or entanglement.
  5. The dog is not outside during a period of extreme weather, including without limitation extreme heat or near-freezing temperatures, thunderstorms, tornadoes, tropical storms, or hurricanes.
  6. The dog has access to water, shelter, and dry ground.
  7. The dog is at least six months of age. Puppies shall not be tethered.
  8. The dog is not sick or injured.
  9. Pulley, running line, or trolley systems are at least 15 feet in length and are less than 7 feet above the ground.
  10. If there are multiple dogs, each dog is tethered separately.
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