Newport News, Virginia

June 23, 2020

Dogs may not be tethered unattended.

Sec. 6-78. Unattended tethering of dogs prohibited; exceptions.

  • It shall be unlawful to tether any unattended dog. For the purposes of this section, a dog is attended only if the owner or custodian is both outdoors and within sight of the dog.
  • When a dog is tethered, it must have adequate space as defined in Section 6-1.1.
  • Any owner, whose dog has a valid license pursuant to Section 6-33 as of February 1, 2015, shall be exempt from the provisions of this section as it relates to each dog owned and licensed prior to February 1, 2015. The exemption provided by this subsection shall be forever forfeit for any dog whose license is not renewed by February 1 of any subsequent year.
  • Violations of this section shall constitute a Class 3 misdemeanor.

That this ordinance shall be in effect on and after the date of its adoption, June 23, 2020.

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