Durham County, North Carolina

September 8, 2008
(effective January 1, 2010)

Tethering is prohibited except when on an attended leash.

Sec. 4-13. Definitions
Tethering means tying out or fastening outdoors on a rope, chain or similar restraint for holding an animal. This shall not preclude restraining an animal within a secure enclosure inside the home or on an attended leash.

Sec. 4-62. General care; prohibited acts.
All animals shall be kept and treated under sanitary and humane conditions and it shall be
unlawful for any person to engage in one or more of the following acts:

(6) Tethering of an animal except under the following circumstances:

Tethering for a period not to exceed 7 days while actively engaged in:

A. shepherding or herding livestock
B. lawful dog activities such as hunting training and hunting sporting events, field and
obedience training, field or water training, law enforcement training, veterinary treatment,
and/or the pursuit of working or competing in these legal endeavors
C. meeting the requirements of a camping or recreational area

When participating in recognized exempt activities, tethered dogs shall be attended by a responsible person and shall be tethered in a manner that does not cause unjustifiable pain, suffering or risk of death.

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