Middletown, Ohio

March 6, 2007

Dogs may not be tethered directly to a stationary point but may be tethered to a trolley system or cable run. Dogs may not be tethered for longer than 12 consecutive hours in any 24-hour period.

(a) Except as otherwise limited by § 618.17 of the Codified Ordinances, dogs may be considered to be in the reasonable control of their owner, harborer or keeper if they are enclosed or tethered on the property of such owner, harborer or keeper.
(b) Chaining or tethering. Direct point chaining or tethering of dogs to a stationary point is prohibited. Dogs may be restrained by means of a trolley system or a tether attached to a pulley on a cable run, if the following conditions are met:
(1) Only one dog may be tethered to each cable run.
(2) The tether must be attached to a properly fitting collar or harness worn by the dog, with enough room between the collar and the dog’s throat through which two adult human fingers may fit. Choke collars, prong collars and pinch collars are prohibited for purposes of tethering a dog to a cable run.
(3) The chain or tether must have swivels on both ends.
(4) The tether or chain and cable run must be of adequate size and strength to effectively restrain the dog. However, the chain or tether shall weigh no more than one-eighth (1/8) of the dog’s weight.
(5) The chain or tether must be at least 15 feet in length and attached to a pulley or trolley mounted on a cable which is also at least 15 feet in length and mounted no more than 7 feet above the ground.
(6) The dog shall be tethered at a sufficient distance for any other objects to prevent tangling of the chain or tether, from extending over an object or an edge that could result in strangulation and a sufficient distance from any fence to prohibit the dog access to the fence.
(7) The dog shall have continuous access to water and shelter.
(8) The dog must be spayed or neutered.
(9) No dog shall be chained or tethered for more than 12 consecutive hours in a 24 hour period.

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