Tethering/Chaining

Greenville, South Carolina

November 26, 2012

Animals may not be tethered for more than two hours in a continuous period of 12 hours. Animals may not be tethered unless a responsible party is outside and within visual range of the animal. Animals under 6 months of age may not be tethered.

Sec. 4-5 – Animal Care Generally
c) It shall be unlawful for a responsible party to tether an animal while outdoors, except when all of the following conditions are met:

  1. The animal must be over the age of six months.
  2. The animal is in visual range of the responsible party and the responsible party is located outside with the animal.
  3. The animal is not tethered more than 2 hours in any continuous 12 hour period.
  4. The tether is connected to the animal with a buckle type collar or a body harness made of nylon or leather not less than one inch in width and is one inch greater in diameter than the animal’s neck or torso.
  5. The tether has the following properties:
    a. A minimum twelve foot length
    b. A swivel type termination at both ends.
    c. Is not made of chain.
    d. Total weight does not exceed ten percent of the animal’s body weight, and
    e. Is fabricated of a material that prevents tangles.
  6. The animal is not outside during extreme weather including, but not limited to, extreme heat, temperatures below 36 degrees Fahrenheit, snow, hail, tornadoes, thunderstorms, tropical storms or hurricanes.
  7. The animal is tethered so as to prevent injury, strangulation, or entanglement.
  8. The animal has access to water, food and shelter.
  9. The animal is not tethered where any object may interfere or impede free movement of the tether.
  10. The animal is not sick or injured.
  11. The animal is not tethered in such proximity to any other tethered animal that would allow entanglement.
  12. The animal is not tethered on any property with an unoccupied dwelling to include, but not limited to, abandoned or condemned buildings.
  13. Any pulley, running line or trolley system to which a tether is attached shall be no less than fifteen feet in length and no more than seven feet above ground.
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