March 17, 2009
Dogs older than 1 year of age and weighing less than 20 pounds may be tethered for two hours. Dogs may be restrained by a trolley system but only within certain limits.
Sec. 10-47. – Confinement of dogs.
(c) Tethering. Unless otherwise permitted under subsections (d) and (e) of this section, it shall be unlawful for any person to tether, fasten, chain, tie, restrain or cause a dog to be fastened, chained, tied or restrained to houses, trees, fences, garages or other stationary or highly immobile objects by means of rope, chain, strap, or any other physical restrain for the purpose of confinement, except an adult dog age one year or over and less than 20 pounds may be so tied for a time period not to exceed two hours.
(d) Trolley systems. A trolley system is a method to confine a dog by tethering the dog to a cable that is no less than 15 feet in length and elevated seven feet off the ground in a manner that allows the tether to move freely along the length of the cable. Only one animal may be attached to each running cable line or trolley system. Unless otherwise permitted under subsection (d) of this section, it shall be unlawful for any person to confine a dog through the use of a trolley system as follows in subsections (d)(1) through (6) of this section:
(1) For more than 12 consecutive hours or more than 18 total hours in any 24-hour period;
(2) For a puppy under the age of three months to be attached to a running cable line or trolley system for more than one consecutive hour or more than eight hours in a 24-hour period;
(3) For dogs that are not spayed or neutered for any period of time. Unaltered dogs must be in a completely fenced yard, defined within the same parameters as a “pen” to wit: “pen” shall be constructed of wood, metal or wire in such a fashion and manner of construction as to prevent the animal from escaping and to prevent the animals head from protruding through any section or part thereof, or housed indoors;
(4) That is located within 25 feet from any dwelling other than the person owning or controlling the dog;
(5) Any tethering system employed shall not allow the dog or puppy to leave the owner’s property; or
(6) In a manner that poses harm to the dog, including without limitation:
a. The use of a collar or harness that is ill fitting or constructed of any material other than leather or nylon;
b. The use of a tether that exceeds one-fifth of the body weight of the dogs or ten pounds total weight; or
c. The use of trolley system in an area that contains hazards to the dog or deprives the dog of food, water, and shelter.