Unattended tethering is only permitted when the dog is required to be restrained while the owner completes a temporary task.
§ 162-13 Unlawful actions; exceptions.
It shall be unlawful for any person to tether, fasten, chain, tie, restrain or cause an unattended dog to be fastened, chained, tied or restrained to houses, trees, fences, garages, stakes, or other stationary or highly immobile objects by means of rope, chain, strap or other physical restraint for the purpose of confinement, except in circumstances where all the following requirements are satisfied:
A. The tethering is not for a longer period of time than necessary for the dog, owner or custodian to complete a temporary task that requires the dog to be physically restrained for a reasonable period of time; and
B. The tether is attached to the dog by a non-choke type collar and attached to the stationary object by swivel anchors, latches, or similar devices in a manner which prevents the tether from becoming entangled around any object so as to limit the dog’s freedom within the tethered area, or prevent the dog, or any of its appendages, from becoming entangled by the tether; and
C. The dog has easy access to clean drinking water and adequate shade and/or shelter within the tethered area; and
D. The dog is periodically monitored while tethered for the aforementioned reasonable period of time; and
E. The dog is not tethered outdoors during any period in which severe weather warning has been issued for York County by the National Weather Service; and
F. The dog is not tethered outdoors for a continuous period of time greater than 1/2 hour if the temperature during such period remains entirely either:
(1) Below 32° F.
(2) Above 90° F.