January 6, 2005
This ordinance prohibits the chaining of dogs for more than eight consecutive hours or 12 total hours in any 24-hour period. Tethers must be at least 15 feet long and terminate with swivels on both ends. Tethers must attach to a proper collar or harness and may not become entangled or restrict a dog’s access to food, water, and shelter. Tethers must allow dogs to eliminate in a separate area from where they eat, drink, and rest.
SECTION 205.220: TETHERING — PROHIBITED CONDUCT
It shall be unlawful for any owner or other person controlling or possessing any dog, cat or other animal to:
1. Leave a dog, cat or other animal tethered outdoors for eight continuous hours or for a total of twelve (12) hours in a twenty-four (24) hour period.
2. Tether a dog, cat or other animal except by means of a properly fitting harness or collar of nylon or leather construction and a tether in proportion to the size of the animal. The tether must be at least fifteen (15) feet in length with a swivel at both ends.
3. Tether a dog, cat or other animal outdoors under conditions where the animal or tether can become entangled on the tether, another animal or some other object or where the tether can restrict the animal’s access to suitable, edible and sufficient food, clean water (cool in summer and unfrozen in winter) and appropriate shelter.
4. Tether a dog, cat or other animal outdoors in unsafe or unsanitary conditions or when said tether does not allow the animal to defecate or urinate in an area separate from the areas where it must eat, drink or lie down.
5. Expose a dog, cat or other animal to any weather conditions that cause immediate imminent threat to the animal’s physical well-being.