§ 22-1001. Definition and penalty.
(a)(1) Whoever knowingly … cruelly chains … any animal … shall for every such offense be punished by imprisonment in jail not exceeding 180 days, or by fine not exceeding $250, or by both.
(b) For the purposes of this section, “cruelly chains” means attaching an animal to a stationary object or a pulley by means of a chain, rope, tether, leash, cable, or similar restraint under circumstances that may endanger its health, safety, or well-being. Cruelly chains includes, but is not limited to, the use of a chain, rope, tether, leash, cable or similar restraint that:
(1) Exceeds 1/8 the body weight of the animal;
(2) Causes the animal to choke;
(3) Is too short for the animal to move around or for the animal to urinate or defecate in a separate area from the area where it must eat, drink, or lie down;
(4) Is situated where it can become entangled;
(5) Does not permit the animal access to food, water, shade, dry ground, or shelter; or
(6) Does not permit the animal to escape harm.