Greene County, North Carolina

February 21, 2005

This ordinance prohibits what it calls improper tethering, by requiring a minimum tether length, a maximum tether weight, and elimination of the possibility of discomfort caused by the tether, and it requires that a tether or chain be attached to a collar, rather than directly around an animal’s neck.

Section 2-3-6. Adequate Feed, Water, and Shelter

  1. Chaining or tethering an animal to a stationary object for a period of time or under conditions that an animal control officer or animal cruelty investigator deems harmful or potentially harmful to the animal is unlawful. Examples of improper chaining or tethering include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Using a length or weight of a chain or tether that is not appropriate for the size, weight and age of the animal. Guidelines for the proper weight and length of chains or tethers can be obtained from the animal shelter or animal control;
  • Using a chain or tether made of rope, twine, cord or similar material;
  • Using a chain or tether that is less than 10 feet in length and/or does not have swivels on both ends. All chains or tethers must be attached to the animal by means of a properly fitting harness or collar or not less than 1 inch in width;
  • Using a chain or tether that exceeds ten percent (10)% of the animal’s body weight;
  • Allowing an animal to be chained or tethered such that the animal is not confined to the owner’s property or such that the chain or tether can become uncomfortable or will not allow access to adequate food, water and shelter;
  • Using a chain as a primary collar. All collars used for the purpose of chaining or tethering an animal must be made of nylon or leather.
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