Davidson, North Carolina

April 2012

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

Sec. 10-71. – Restraint of animals.

(b) Tethering. Dogs may not be tethered to a stationary object UNLESS a responsible adult (as described in 10-71 (a)) is in the immediate presence of the dog and the following conditions are met:

  1. A tether shall be equipped with a swivel on both ends.
  2. A tether shall be a minimum of ten (10) feet in length and shall be made of either metal chain or coated steel cable.
  3. Tethers shall be attached to a buckle type collar or harness and under no circumstances shall the tether itself be placed directly around a dog’s neck. Tethers shall not be used in conjunction with training collars such as choke or pinch-style collars.
  4. The weight of the tether shall not exceed ten percent (10%) of the total body weight of the dog but shall be of sufficient strength to prevent breakage.
  5. The tether by design and placement shall allow the dog a reasonable and unobstructed range of motion without the possibility of entanglement, strangulation or other injury. The tether shall allow the dog access to adequate food, water and shelter.
  6. A dog must be four (4) months of age or older to be tethered.
  7. Only one dog shall be attached to a single tether.
  8. Pulley systems, running lines and trolley systems may be used in conjunction with a tether.
  9. Pulley systems, running lines or trolley systems shall be at least ten (10) feet in length and no more than seven (7) feet above the ground.

(a)The line of the pulley system, running line or trolley system to which the tether is attached shall be made of coated steel cable.

(b) No tether shall be affixed to a stationary object which would allow a dog to come within 5 feet of any property line.

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