August 22, 2016
Dogs who are sick or injured may not be tethered. Dogs may not be tethered for longer than six consecutive hours in any 24-hour period and never between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Dogs may not be left outside during inclement weather.
§ 83-14. J. Tethering of Dog
1) Dogs may be tethered under the following circumstances:
a. The tether must be at least fifteen (15) feet long and have an operative swivel on both ends, weigh no more than 1/8 of the dog’s weight and be attached to a properly fitted collar or harness.
b. The collar used for tethering may not be a choke chain collar, slip collar or prong collar.
c. The tethered dog must have easy access to drinking water, edible food, dry ground and adequate shade and/or shelter within the tethering area.
d. The tether may not be used in any area where it may be tangled around an object, such as, but not limited to, a tree, pole, fence or stake.
e. The tether cannot inhibit the movement of the animal’s limbs or cause injury, harm, entanglement or strangulation.
f. The tether must restrain the dog within the bounds of the owner’s or custodian’s property.
g. The tether must terminate no less than five (5) feet from any fence, pool, wall, vehicle, tree or roadway, or other object or obstruction upon which the animal might harm himself.
h. Dogs may be tethered for no more than six (6) consecutive hours in any twenty-four hour period of time.
i. If there are multiple dogs, each dog shall be tethered separately and in such a manner that the tethers shall not become entangled with each other.
j. No dog shall be tethered at a vacant structure or premises for any purpose when it is not monitored by a competent adult who is present at the property for the duration of such tethering.
k. No dog that is sick or injured shall be tethered.
l. No dogs shall be tethered between the hours of 11:00 pm and 6:00 am.
m. No animal shall be left outside during inclement weather, e.g. rain storms, snow storms, ice storms, hurricanes or thunder storms.