Tethering/Chaining

Tuckerton, New Jersey

June 15, 2015

This ordinance restricts tethering to a maximum of four hours and bans overnight tethering. Tethering unsterilized animals is also banned.

Article III

  • 93-17 Tethering Dogs.
  1. It is unlawful to chain or tether unneutered/un-spayed dogs in any manner and/or at any time within the Borough.
  2. Neutered/Spayed dogs may be tethered under the following circumstances:
  3. The Tether must be at least 15 feet long and have operative swivels on both ends, weigh no more than 1/8th of the dog’s weight and be attached to a properly fitting collar or harness.
  4. The collar used for tethering may not be a choke chain collar, slip collar or prong collar.
  5. The tether must allow the dog access to proper shelter, sufficient food and sufficient water.
  6. The tether may not be used in any area where is may become tangled around object [sic], such as, but not limited to, a tree, pole, fence, or stake.
  7. The tether cannot inhibit the movement of the animal’s limbs or cause injury, harm, entanglement, or strangulation.
  8. The tether must restrain the dog within the bounds of the owner’s or caregiver’s property.
  9. The tether must terminate no less than five (5) feet from any fence, pool, wall, vehicle, tree or other object or obstruction upon which any animal may harm itself.
  10. Dogs may not be tethered for no more than four (4) consecutive hours in any twenty four hour period of time and never between sunset and sunrise.
  11. When a violation of this provision occurs, an animal control officer or law enforcement officer is authorized to document the circumstances and evidence, take reasonable measures to remove the animal from the tether, take as evidence, and take the animal to the pound.
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