Louisville-Jefferson County, Kentucky

December 20, 2007

Dogs may not be tethered for more than one hour during any eight-hour period or between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Certain requirements must be met when dogs are tethered.


(A)  Minimum standards for restraint of animals shall be as follows:

(1)  It is prohibited to exclusively restrain a dog or puppy by a fixed-point chain or tether:

(a)  Between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.;

(b)  For a period of time exceeding one hour in any eight-hour period.

(2)  A dog may be restrained by a chain or tether provided that it is at least ten feet in length and attached to a pulley or trolley mounted on a cable which is also at least ten feet in length and mounted no more than seven feet above ground level.

(3)  Any tethering system employed shall not allow the dog or puppy to leave the owner’s property.

(4)  No chain or tether shall weigh more than 1/8 of the dog or puppy’s body weight.

(5)  Any chain or tether shall be at least ten feet in length and have swivels on both ends.

(6)  Any chain or tether must be attached to a properly fitting collar or harness worn by the animal.

(7)  All collars used for the purpose of chaining or tethering an animal must be made of nylon, leather, or other durable and non-metallic material. Using a chain, choke, or pinch collar as a primary collar is prohibited.

(8)  All collars shall fit an animal so as to avoid causing injury to the animal or becoming imbedded in the animal’s neck.

(B)  The Director, with the approval of the Secretary, may promulgate regulations implementing this section which are not inconsistent with any of the provisions of this chapter.

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