Georgetown, Texas

June 24, 2008
(effective December 24, 2008)

Tethering is banned. The ordinance allows for the use of leashes and temporary restraints as long as the dog’s guardian remains with the dog.

Sec. 7.07.010. Dog tethering or chaining.
A. Except as provided in Subsection B., a person may not restrain a dog with a chain or tether unless the person is holding the chain or tether.
B. The prohibition of Subsection A. does not apply to a temporary restraint:

1. During a lawful animal event, such as walking on a leash, veterinary treatment, grooming, training, or law enforcement activity; or
2. That is required to protect the safety or welfare of a person or the dog, if the dog’s owner or handler remains with the dog throughout the period of restraint.

C. A person restraining a dog with a chain or tether shall attach the chain or tether to a properly fitting collar or harness worn by the dog. A person may not wrap a chain or tether directly around a dog’s neck. A person may not restrain a dog with a chain or tether that weighs more than 1/18 of the dog’s body weight. A chain or tether used to restrain a dog must, by design and placement, be unlikely to become entangled.

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